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Speak of the Devils

The premier podcast for Sun Devil football.

Jul 27, 2023

Kenny Dillingham's activate the Valley campaign continues, aiming to restore Arizona State as the place where the state's top talent plays. But that's not solely an aspirational effort, as the Sun Devil roster has several talented players on it right now who decided to stay true to ASU.

Javen Jacobs was an explosive playmaker for Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, one of the premier prep programs in the nation. Passing on some Division I offers, he began his college career as a walk-on with ASU with a path to a scholarship. He saw time on special teams as a true freshman last season, and is now on schlarship. This spring, he moved from slot receiver to running back, and impressed with his dynamic ability. As a potent hybrid weapon for Dillingham and offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin, Javen could be an X factor this fall, and the falls to come.

In this episode, Javen and I discuss what it means to play for his hometown school, how his versatility fits the scheme, the change in program culture, and more.