Arizona State Football: Five New Faces Who Will Make an Impact
Arizona State was forced to act quickly this offseason following the firing of former head coach Dennis Erickson. Todd Graham was hired Dec. 14 and was given just about a month to put together his first recruiting class.
Given the circumstances, the Sun Devils did better than anyone could have expected. Rivals ranked ASU's class 38th in the nation. Not bad for a coach that had a little more than a month.
From Graham's first recruiting class, there are five players that could step in and help the Sun Devils right away.
I project Michael Eubank to win the starting quarterback job for the Sun Devils.
He was recruited by Todd Graham while he was still at Pitt. He eventually decided to go to ASU and redshirted his first year.
He is currently trailing Mike Bercovici in the battle, but I don't expect that to last forever. He is 6'5" and extremely athletic. He is the perfect fit to run a spread-style offense.
Evan Goodman is a 4-star recruit from FL. He is an offensive lineman that can step in and potentially win a starting job at tackle.
Offensive line is one of the major areas of concern for this team. Goodman has to be considered a major acquisition for coach Graham and his staff.
Whoever the quarterback is, he will be inexperienced. He is likely to have some growing pains throughout the season. Having an adequate offensive line would certainly make the transition smoother though.
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D.J. Foster is a local high school football star who decided to stay home.
He is the biggest addition to ASU from this recruiting class. He is an explosive, versatile running back who figures to make a lot of big plays for the Sun Devils over the next few years.
He will have to prove he's a playmaker right away in order to see the field. Cameron Marshall is the team's leading rusher returning from last season. He gets a lot of touches and is effective in the passing game as well.
Foster will need to prove he can be a do-it-all back for this team. It will help the offense and help him see more playing time.
Chris Young is not to be mistaken for the Diamondbacks' Chris Young. He is a junior college signee from Arizona Western College. He plays safety and will have an opportunity to see the field for the Devils right away.
The secondary was an absolute mess last season. It was also a major target area for this class.
Salamo Fiso is a linebacker from Long Beach, Calif. This was another serious weakness for the Sun Devils defense last season.
Fiso will get a long look throughout the spring and summer. If things go poorly in the early part of the season, we could be seeing him sooner rather than later.
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This recruiting class has to be considered a marginal success for Todd Graham on paper. The fact that they were able to finish with the 31st-best class in the country is impressive.
Getting these guys ready to make an impact is another issue.
There are many holes on this team, it's the coaches job to get these guys ready. They could be seeing the field often for the Sun Devils this season.