Arizona State football coach Todd Graham has brought a new culture of discipline, accountability and respect to the desert, once thought of as a barren wasteland where talent went to die. This perception led to many of the state's leading recruits seeking solace somewhere, anywhere besides the metropolitan Phoenix area.
Today though, the suburb of Chandler, Arizona borders Tempe and Arizona State University to the south and is a city rich in football talent with some of the states best college football prospects. Last year, the No. 1 recruit in the state, Brett Hundley of Chandler High committed to UCLA and went on to play as a true freshman and led the Bruins to a Pac-12 South title. The No. 2 recruit in the state, offensive lineman, Christian Westerman out of Chandler's Hamilton High School committed to Auburn University.
With the recent regime change, Westerman left Auburn and transferred home to Arizona State University. There are many others in Arizona that are seeing the difference in the Sun Devils and are deciding to stay home. Coach Graham and his recruiting staff are reaching out far and wide to bring in the best recruits from across the country.
The 2013 edition of the Arizona State Sun Devils looks to bring back excellence on the gridiron due to several returning players, but this article is dedicated to a select group of new recruits that will shine in the coming season.