The 3 Recruits That Will Make or Break Arizona State's National Signing Day

Robby BakerContributor IIIJanuary 22, 2014

What big-name recruits will be joining D.J. Foster and the Sun Devils?
What big-name recruits will be joining D.J. Foster and the Sun Devils?Donald Miralle/Getty Images

National signing day is fast approaching, and the Arizona State football team has already received enough verbal commits to give it one of the best classes in the Pac-12.

The Sun Devils currently have the No. 23 class in the country and the No. 4 class in the Pac-12.

ASU has a lot of holes to fill, especially on defense, on a team that won the school's first ever Pac-12 South title a year ago.

Commitments from guys such as Derik Calhoun, Connor Humphreys, Tashon Smallwood and Christian Sam will help the Sun Devils rebuild defensively.

Jalen Harvey, Manny Wilkins and Tyler Whiley are all big-name commits that will help offensive coordinator Mike Norvell and the Sun Devil offense.

Head coach Todd Graham isn't satisfied, though, and still has his eyes set on a few more guys who could really put ASU's class over the top.


Casey Tucker

Tucker is a 4-star offensive tackle who is now deciding between Stanford and Arizona State.

He garnered more national attention from playing in the Under Armour All-America Game and took an official visit to Stanford on Jan. 17.

Tucker has a unique combination of size and athleticism that really lends itself to ASU's high-octane offense.

ASU needs athletic offensive linemen to help block for its read-option offense and mobile quarterback Taylor Kelly.

Tucker is a local product out of Chandler, Arizona, and that may be the final factor in his decision.

If the Sun Devils can land Tucker, it will be a huge boost to their class.


Eric Lauderdale

Lauderdale is one of the highest-rated JUCO prospects available.

The wide receiver could easily step right into Arizona State's offense and help take attention off of last year's breakout star Jaelen Strong.

It looked like Florida was the front-runner for a while, but Lauderdale's official visit to Tempe recently may have changed that.

After visiting ASU, Lauderdale tweeted:

That certainly looks like a good sign for the Maroon and Gold.

Landing Lauderdale would really help ASU's offense and could make or break its recruiting class because of Lauderdale's ability to make an immediate impact for the team.

ASU needs some quick fixes, and Lauderdale could provide just that.


Kalen Ballage

Ballage is a physical specimen.

He is listed at 6'2'', 215 pounds and runs a 4.37 40-yard dash.

Yes, Ballage is another offensive prospect, and ASU lost the most on defense this offseason, but Ballage has the ability to step right in and make an impact.

Ballage is a soft commit to ASU currently, and it looks like Washington is the Sun Devils' biggest competition.

He is listed as an athlete and could be incredibly effective in ASU's offensive scheme with his ability to run the ball and also line up as a wide receiver.

If Ballage commits to ASU, the Sun Devils' offense will continue to be one of the highest scoring in the Pac-12 for years to come.


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