Arizona State Football Recruiting: Everything You Need to Know for NSD
The Arizona State football team nearly met all its goals last season coming just one win shy of playing in the Rose Bowl, but doing that again next year will be an entirely different challenge.
The Sun Devils lose nearly all of their defensive playmakers this offseason and touchdown-scoring machine Marion Grice.
Head coach Todd Graham and his staff have their work cut out for them not only when it comes to recruiting new talent, but in developing players already on ASU's roster, as there are many gaping holes that need to be filled on both sides of the ball.
Graham and his staff have done a good job retooling the Sun Devils, though, as Arizona State currently has the No. 22-ranked recruiting class in the nation.
Recruiting can be difficult and hard to predict, though, and as national signing day approaches, a lot could still happen for better or worse.
With that being said, here's everything you need to know regarding Arizona State's recruiting as national signing day draws near.
Top Remaining Targets
Torey Hendrick: Defensive End
Defensive end Torey Hendrick would be a big get for Arizona State since he's a JUCO transfer who could step in early and make an impact on the Sun Devils' depleted defense.
With linebacker/defensive end Carl Bradford recently declaring for the draft, via Arizona State's Twitter account, Hendrick could become ASU's next devil-backer. He's around the same size as Bradford, and as the video above shows, he can get to the quarterback.
Casey Tucker: Offensive Tackle
Arizona State will lose offensive line mainstays in Kody Koebensky and Evan Finkenberg this offseason, therefore offensive tackle Casey Tucker is a must-get for ASU.
He's a local product out of Chandler, Ariz., who has attracted national attention.
Tucker has a unique combination of size and athleticism that the Sun Devils offensive line needs.
Dominique Robertson: Offensive Tackle
Just like Tucker, Dominique Robertson is high on ASU's list because the Sun Devils need protection for quarterback Taylor Kelly.
Robertson is a JUCO transfer who could step in immediately and help ASU.
He has a big body, listed at 6'5'' and 300 pounds, and could help open running lanes for D.J. Foster and Kelly.
Tyler Whiley, 190-pound WR, Chaparral, Ariz.
Derik Calhoun, 215-pound OLB, El Cerrito, Calif.
Jalen Harvey, 175-pound WR, El Cerrito, Calif.
Tashon Smallwood, 280-pound DT, Central East, Calif.
Connor Humphreys, 268-pound WDE, Central Catholic, Ore.
Manny Wilkins, 180-pound dual-threat QB, San Marin, Calif.
Demario Richard, 200-pound RB, Palmdale, Calif.
Sam Jones, 275-pound OT, ThunderRidge, Colo.
Christian Sam, 212-pound OLB, Allen, Texas
Edmond Boateng, 260-pound WDE, New Mexico Military Institute, N.M.
Nick Alexander, 192-pound WR, Lancaster, Texas
Renell Wren, 245-pound WDE, Lutheran North, Mo.
De'Chavon Hayes, 180-pound RB, Lackawanna Community College, Pa.
Kammy Delp, 328-pound OG, Diamond Ranch, Calif.
Deandre Scott, 180-pound S, Imhotep Institute, Pa.
Quinn Bailey, 270-pound OT, Higley, Ariz.
Coltin Gerhart, 216-pound dual-threat QB, Norco, Calif.
Armand Perry, 180-pound S, Bishop Gorman, Nev.
Jamal Scott, 200-pound S, Magnolia, Calif.
Chad Adams, 168-pound CB, Allen, Texas
Dasmond Tautalatasi, 185-pound S, De La Salle, Calif.
Jordan Thomas, 185-pound S, Inderkum, Calif.
Brendan Landman, 220-pound TE, Monte Vista, Calif.
Kalen Ballage, 215-pound ATH, Falcon, Colo.
Players Who Could Contribute as Freshmen
Boateng is a JUCO transfer from the New Mexico Military Institute. He is planning to enroll early at Arizona State so he'll have extra time to learn the Sun Devils' complex, defensive system.
ASU is losing essentially all of its starting defensive linemen this offseason, and Boateng could step in immediately and help the Sun Devils rush the passer.
He has a great first step and can win battles at the point of attack, much like two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Will Sutton did.
Whiley is a wide receiver who could step in early and could be used in ASU's option running attack.
He has a good first step and could be used in sweeps and screen passes early on in his career.
The Sun Devils struggled to find a consistent second receiver in their offense last year, and Whiley could help fill that role.
He also played cornerback in high school and could be used on defense as well.
Storylines to Watch
Battle for Casey Tucker
Casey Tucker is a 4-star offensive lineman who has attracted plenty of national attention. Although he's from Arizona, there's no guarantee he stays in state.
Tucker holds offers from schools such as Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and others.
It appears that Stanford and Arizona State are his top two schools right now, and of them, only ASU has offered him a scholarship.
Will Kalen Ballage Stick With ASU?
Kalen Ballage announced his commitment to ASU on Dec. 11, but it was only a soft commit and he won't officially make up his mind until national signing day.
It doesn't appear that anything will change, but it is something Sun Devils fans should keep an eye on.
ASU loses running back Marion Grice this offseason, and the addition of Ballage in the backfield with Foster could be something special.
Alex Anderson Decommits
Three-star offensive lineman Alex Anderson recently decommitted from ASU and says he will choose between Arizona State and Oklahoma State.
ASUDevils.com reported that while some are saying Anderson has committed to Oklahoma State, that isn't true:
Anderson said reports that he has committed to Oklahoma State are premature. He said he was going to do so but instead decided to visit both— ASUDevils.com (@ASUDevilscom) January 12, 2014
El Cerrito to ASU
Jalen Harvey and Derik Calhoun are both students at El Cerrito High School in California, and they both made recruiting splashes last year. The two decommitted from their respective schools following Arizona State's big 53-24 win over Washington. Harvey and Calhoun both switched their commitments to ASU and will be taking their talents to Tempe together.
All in the Family
Coltin Gerhart, who is currently a verbal commit of Arizona State's, will be continuing a family legacy at ASU. His brother, Garth Gerhart, played offensive line for the Sun Devils for five years. Garth played in 39 games, making 35 starts in his career at various offensive line positions.
Stats and information from 247sports.com unless otherwise indicated.
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