Arizona State's Chances at Landing Its Top 5 National Signing Day Targets

Robby Baker@@Robby__BakerContributor IIIJanuary 21, 2014

Arizona State's Chances at Landing Its Top 5 National Signing Day Targets

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    The Arizona State football team hosted many top recruits this past weekend for official visits and hope more than a few of them decide to add their talents to the Sun Devils' No. 22-ranked recruiting class.

    The Sun Devils already have strong verbal commitments from players such as Manny Wilkins, Jalen Harvey, Derik Calhoun and Tyler Whiley.

    Arizona State has many key holes to fill on both sides of the ball this offseason, though.

    It does appear, however, that the recruiting class head coach Todd Graham is putting together will help keep the Sun Devils competitive in the Pac-12 South.

    Here is a look at some of ASU's top remaining targets it hopes to land on national signing day.

OT Casey Tucker

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    Casey Tucker
    Casey Tucker247Sports

    Chances of committing to ASU: 80 percent

    Casey Tucker is a 4-star offensive lineman from Arizona that ASU highly covets.

    The Sun Devils took two key hits to their offensive line this offseason, losing Kody Koebensky and Evan Finkenberg, and hope they can land Tucker to help fill those holes.

    It looks like Tucker is choosing between Stanford and ASU, and he just took his official visit to Stanford this past weekend.

    He visited Tempe in late December.

    Considering he's a local prospect, it appears he is leaning toward ASU. It may be too hard for him to turn down what Stanford has to offer, but it looks like he'll be wearing maroon and gold come next year.

WR Eric Lauderdale

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    Eric Lauderdale
    Eric Lauderdale247Sports

    Chances of committing to ASU: 90 percent

    Eric Lauderdale is one of the highest-rated JUCO prospects still available and would be a huge get for ASU.

    He is a very gifted wide receiver who could come in and play opposite of last year's breakout star, Jaelen Strong.

    Lauderdale visited Tempe this past weekend, and it seems like it went very well.

    After his visit, he tweeted he would be canceling his visit to Oregon and committing on Saturday:

    Not visiting Oregon no more..

    — Eric Lauderdale (@e_lauderdale) January 19, 2014

    Committing on Saturday ✊

    — Eric Lauderdale (@e_lauderdale) January 19, 2014

    It looked like Florida was going to land Lauderdale for a while, but it seems like the tables have turned in the Sun Devils' favor.

    With an NFL-caliber talent like Strong to play with at ASU, it looks like Lauderdale will be a Sun Devil after next weekend.

RB Kalen Ballage

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    Kalen Ballage
    Kalen Ballage247Sports

    Chances of committing to ASU: 50 percent

    It's really hard to say what Kalen Ballage will decide to do.

    The running back is a soft commit to ASU and visited Tempe last weekend. Ballage has kept his recruitment open, though, and it looks like he may end up flipping to Oregon or maybe Boise State.

    Edward Lewis of says UCLA is also in the mix, tweeting that the Bruins will be making a run at Ballage.

    His recruitment is really up in the air, and it seems like ASU has as good of a shot as anyone at landing him.

    All that's left now is to see where that letter of intent gets mailed.

CB Kweishi Brown

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    Kweishi Brown
    Kweishi Brown247Sports

    Chances of committing to ASU: 95 percent

    Kweishi Brown is a JUCO transfer that ASU needs to land to fill one of its key holes in its secondary.

    Brown had his official visit last weekend to Tempe, and according to a tweet he sent out, it looks like ASU will be his new home, saying it was his "best official visit all around."

    Brown also has interest in USC and Nebraska, but the fact that he loved his visit to ASU bodes well for the Sun Devils.

    It looks like Brown will be sending his letter of intent to the Sun Devils on national signing day.

RB Demario Richard

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    Demario Richard
    Demario Richard247Sports

    Chances of committing to ASU: 99 percent

    It's all but certain that running back Demario Richard will send his letter of intent to Arizona State.

    Richard also visited ASU last weekend, and it seems like it went well.

    There was some concern that Chris Petersen's hiring at Washington would reopen Richard's commitment, but the running back was quick to dispel that rumor on Twitter.

    Richard will be a big-time playmaker for ASU for years to come. 



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