National Signing Day 2011: ASU's Final Push Has Ezekial Bishop a Sun Devil

Kristian SiutaCorrespondent IIFebruary 1, 2011

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 04:  Head coach Dennis Erickson of the Arizona State Sun Devils walks the sidelines during the college football game against the Portland State Vikings at Sun Devil Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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What better way to usher in the 2011 recruiting class than by stealing a recruit from your arch-rival. Well, Dennis Erickson managed to do just that on Monday afternoon.

After a few bleak weeks, the Sun Devils look to finish strong in the recruiting department yet again. 

Ezekial Bishop, a 5'10", 185 pound safety from Denver turned back on his original commitment to Arizona and decided to play for the Sun Devils.

Bishop totaled 84 tackles and four sacks as a senior for Denver East high school. Along with being a hard-hitting safety, Bishop doubles as an electric punt returner in the Rocky Mountains. With his 4.5 40-yard dash time, Erickson and company will have no problem utilizing Bishop’s athleticism.

With Bishop hailing from Colorado, as well as de-committing from Arizona, the hope is that he can persuade two undecided high school products, Leilon Willingham and Ka'Deem Carey, to pledge for the Sun Devils.

After the Sun Devils received word of Sun Shine State athlete Gionni Paul’s verbal commitment to Miami, ASU was even more desperate to reel in a linebacker for this recruiting class. The interest in Leilon Willingham, a 6'2", 235-pound Colorado native, instantly heightened.

Although Willingham tripped to Tempe before any other campus, he has received plenty of interest from across the country.

Along with the Sun Devils, Willingham has written offers from Michigan, Texas A&M, Central Florida, Washington, and in-state Colorado. 

If Willingham desires instant playing time, ASU might be his best bet. Looking down the road—which is what recruiting is all about—the Sun Devils appear to be extremely bare at the linebacking corps following 2011.  

With the Sun Devils recruiting class reaching 15 members, including a soft verbal commitment from Michael Eubank, the final push for the Sun Devils will prove to be pivotal. 

Wednesday appears to be a far more impactful day than “Cyrus Hobbi Day” last Friday. Erickson will be awaiting decisions from not just one elite recruit, but from the remainder of his 2011 recruiting class.

Two of the Grand Canyon state’s best high school players are set to announce where they will enroll, and both are considering ASU. Defensive tackle Todd Peat (Tempe, AZ), and Ka’Deem Carey (Tucson, AZ soft verbal to U of A), would certainly be two impactful signees to spice up the Sun Devils’ class.