Arizona State Football: 5 Recruits Who Will Make an Impact in 2014
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The Arizona State football team is in first place in the Pac-12 South and is bringing in some big time recruits.
Head coach Todd Graham has revitalized ASU's fanbase in the last year and has helped the Sun Devils garner national attention.
The recruits have also noticed.
It's hard to miss a team that scores 62 points against USC and puts up 53 on Washington.
The Sun Devils' high octane offense and gritty, hybrid defense is certainly fun to watch and something that has helped ASU attract recruits.
It also doesn't hurt that the school is located in a vacation area on a beautiful campus.
With that being said, let's take a look at five recruits that will make an impact next year for ASU.
6'1'' 187 Pounds
Tyler Whiley is a local product out of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Whiley turned down offers from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan State and more to attend school in Tempe.
He's going to help bolster ASU's wide receiver depth next year along with Jalen Harvey. The Sun Devils' current wide receiver corps hasn't quite lived up to expectations so far this year and could use an infusion of talented youth.
As seen in Whiley's highlight video, he possesses break away speed and good hands.
He could also be used as a punt returner, something ASU is in need of.
Whiley is also a cornerback at Chaparral and has lockdown skills in man and zone coverage. He similar to Marcus Ball of last year's recruiting class.
6'1'' 187 pounds
Jalen Harvey is one of ASU's most recent commits.
Harvey recently decommitted from the Cal Golden Bears a few days after the Sun Devils defeated the Washington Huskies. He later announced his decision to commit to ASU.
Just de committed from cal— Jalen_AsuSquad (@ItsJalenHarvey) October 21, 2013
Not only is Harvey a big get for ASU but his recent decision could also land the Sun Devils another top recruit.
According to Phil Jensen of the Contra Costa Times, four-star linebacker D.J. Calhoun recently decommitted from USC but hasn't announced a formal commitment to Arizona State. He and Harvey were both on a visit to ASU for the Washington game.
Harvey could come in and replace the current Jaelen, Jaelen Strong, if Strong elects to go to the NFL after this year. He has great hands, decent speed and has a frame that can sustain some added bulk.
Harvey will come into Tempe needing to improve his game, as all recruits do, but will have a chance to make an impact early in his career if Jaelen Strong leaves.
6'3'' 257 pounds
Connor Humphreys has the potential to be the next Will Sutton.
He needs to put on some more weight to be dominant at the collegiate level but has the raw skill to be really good.
Humphrey's has also garnered some national attention:
As the video above shows, he is really good with his hands and is quick off the line of scrimmage. The Sun Devils defensive front has become one of the best in the nation over the past few years and the addition of Humphreys will ensure that continues.
6'5'' 275 pounds
Sam Jones could bring stability to an offensive line that has had its ups and downs the past few years. Jones was heavily recruited and turned down an offer from Oregon to attend Arizona State.
As seen in his highlight video, Jones is a great run blocker that sometimes pushes his defender into the second level.
With Jones creating running room for D.J. Foster and potentially dual-threat quarterback Manny Wilkins, ASU's offense shouldn't miss a beat.
Jones does an excellent job sealing the edge and pass blocking as well.
6'3'' 185 pounds
If Taylor Kelly stays for his senior season, Manny Wilkins will likely redshirt his freshman year but his impact on ASU has already been felt.
Wilkins has basically been Arizona State's biggest recruiter. The quarterback is constantly tweeting at some of the nation's top recruits to tell them about what's going on in Tempe:
1 day and I will be standing in front of my future home . #ForksUp— Manny Wilkins 2⃣ (@Manny_Wilkins11) October 17, 2013
QB commit Manny Wilkins is putting together a big recruiting weekend for ASU. Talked Cal commit Jalen Harvey into taking an official visit— Erik McKinney (@EMcKinneyESPN) October 14, 2013
Wilkins needs some work but if he takes his first year to learn the system and refine his game, ASU won't end up missing Taylor Kelly's services when he graduates.