DeaMonte Trayanum of Archbishop Hoban has committed to play football at Arizona State University.
Trayanum, who will be a senior in the 2019-2020 school year, made his decision public on Wednesday night with a post on Twitter. He plays running back, linebacker, safety and cornerback for Hoban, and chose Arizona State over several other scholarship offers.
“Ultimately, I felt that Arizona State would be a place for me that I would be happy at if football was to be taken away for some reason,” Trayanum said. “My heart is at ASU. As soon as I stepped on campus, I fell in love with the place.”
Trayanum, an Akron resident with a 3.7 GPA, recently narrowed his list down to four schools: ASU, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.
“I took an official visit to Arizona State in May,” Trayanum said. “I have a couple of family members that live in California but, ultimately, my mom, my sister, my grandmother and my great-grandmother will be moving to Arizona next year with me.”
Arizona State is coached by former NFL player and coach Herm Edwards. The Sun Devils also hired former NFL coach Marvin Lewis in May to serve as a special adviser.
Trayanum, 5-11 and 222 pounds, helped Hoban post a 15-0 record this past season and win its fourth state championship in a row — two in Division III in 2015 and 2016, and two in Division II in 2017 and 2018 — under coach Tim Tyrrell.
“He is what you want every high school football player to be,” Tyrrell said of Trayanum. “He is close to being a 4.0 student and never misses a practice. He has been a constant leader on the team since his freshman year. I am proud of what he has done thus far, but I don’t believe we have seen close to his ability yet.
“Arizona State is a great place for him and his family. He is very comfortable with coach Edwards and his staff. He will have a bright future there.”
Trayanum has been a starter on the past three state champion Knights teams. He shared the running back duties last season with Tyris Dickerson, a 2019 Hoban graduate. Trayanum finished the 2018 season with 106 rushes for 1,313 yards and 26 touchdowns. Dickerson totaled 234 rushes for 2,107 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior before heading off to Eastern Kentucky University.
Trayanum, who as a child attended Hope Academy and St. Mary School in Akron, also received scholarship offers from Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Louisiana State, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Virginia, Purdue, Rutgers, Boston College, West Virginia and Toledo.
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