Jake Clifford, who played in the NJPHL from 2010-2012, has committed to D1 - ASU!
NCAA D1 Hockey 2015-2016 Season - ASU Hockey: Sun Devils add size, power in new recruits Jake Clifford, Ryan Stevens
ASU was going to need to get bigger and brought in two big bodies, Jake Clifford and Ryan Stevens to do just that. The NCAA game is bigger and faster than the ACHA game. ASU was going to need to bring in size in order to compete, and that's exactly what it did Saturday.The Sun Devils picked up two new recruits in defenseman Jake Clifford and forward Ryan Stevens, who announced their commitments via Twitter within hours of one another.
Clifford has developed a reputation as a monster in the British Columbia Hockey League. He stands at over six feet tall and 200 pounds and uses his physicality to bully player on the ice. Far from just a goon and an enforcer, he has netted seven goals and dished out eight assists for 15 points in 28 games this year, fantastic numbers for a blue liner. For comparison's sake to the current squad, sophomore Connor Schmidt currently leads ASU defensemen with six goals and 11 assists in 23 games.
ASU coach Greg Powers said he was going to focus on the Western part of the continent and has done just that. Clifford, originally from Ohio played his hockey career in the North American League (an American Midwest-to-western league) before moving up to the Pacific Northwest. Stevens is a native of Dallas, Texas, staying in-state for two years with Amarillo of the NAHL before joining Dubuque of the United States Hockey League this season. They're both big, they're both physical and they're both ecstatic to be a part of the first Division I hockey team in ASU history.