The Arizona State University Sun Devils defense just got a little stronger.
Vontaze Burfict, the ninth-ranked player in the Class of 2008, according to Rivals.com, received clearance from the NCAA Eligibility Center Friday.
Burfict will be available to play today when the Sun Devils face the Idaho State University Begals at 7 p.m. at Sun Devils Stadium.
He is the highest ranked prospect in ASU history. Burfict will begin the season in a reserve role behind Gerald Munns at middle linebacker.
The 6-2, 244-pound freshman has a mixture of size, speed and explosion. He breaks down plays well and is known as a good tackler.