Arizona State Football: 5 Recruits Sun Devils Must Land on NSD 2014

Robby Baker@@Robby__BakerContributor IIIJanuary 9, 2014

Arizona State Football: 5 Recruits Sun Devils Must Land on NSD 2014

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    Sparky hopes his Sun Devils can add some more big-name recruits to their class.
    Sparky hopes his Sun Devils can add some more big-name recruits to their class.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    The Arizona State football team, led by head coach Todd Graham, already has an impressive recruiting class lined up for next year.

    But Graham's work isn't done just yet.

    The Sun Devils are losing a bunch of defensive starters and playmakers and will also lose two key offensive linemen this offseason.

    ASU's biggest area of concern will be in replacing leading tackler Chris Young and two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Will Sutton. While Graham has already received verbal commitments from players such as linebacker Derik Calhoun, defensive tackle Tashon Smallwood and defensive end Connor Humphreys, there are still many positions that need to be filled.

    If ASU's current commit list holds true on national signing day, and the Sun Devils can add a few more playmakers, fans in Tempe will have plenty to cheer about next year.

    With that being said, let's take a look at five players ASU needs to land on national signing day.

Defensive End Terry Ayeni

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    260 pounds

    New Mexico Military Institute (JUCO)

    Terry Ayeni would be a huge get for ASU and could step in fairly early to help bolster the Sun Devils' depleted defensive line.

    The Sun Devils' biggest competition is Texas and West Virginia, but the fact that ASU has already received a verbal commitment from Ayeni's teammate Edmond Boateng should be a good sign for Graham and his staff.

    Ayeni had 50 tackles last year and 7.5 sacks.

    As the video above shows, Ayeni is quick off of the line and can pressure the quarterback when he's lined up on the outside.

    He would be a great fit in ASU's heavy blitzing defensive scheme and could come in during pass rush situations.

Safety Steven Parker

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    188 pounds

    Jenks High School (Oklahoma)

    ASU will have to replace holes in its secondary this offseason left by Osahon Irabor, Alden Darby and Robert Nelson.

    Steven Parker would be able to come in and compete with players like Marcus Ball for a starting job.

    Parker has offers from schools like Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and it's hard to say how interested he is in ASU at the moment.

    It would be huge if Graham can get his attention, though, and persuade him to put on the Maroon and Gold.

    As the video shows, Parker is a lot like Irabor in that he is strong against both the pass and run. That is exactly what the Sun Devils need in a cornerback.

Defensive End Torey Hendrick

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    230 pounds

    Atlanta Sports Academy (JUCO)

    Torey Hendrick is listed as a 3-star defensive end and could also step in early and compete for playing time.

    As the video shows, Hendrick does a good job of filling his gaps and can both stuff the run and rush the passer. He also made a block like Will Sutton on an interception return, which shows he has a good motor.

    Arizona State's defensive line will go through the biggest makeover of any unit this offseason. The addition of Hendrick would make that transition go very smoothly.

Offensive Tackle Dominique Robertson

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    300 pounds

    Riverside Community College (JUCO)

    Dominique Robertson has a big frame and could compete for a starting job on ASU's offensive line thanks to the departures of Kody Koebensky and Evan Finkenberg.

    Robertson has garnered interest from schools such as Texas Tech, Washington State and Arizona.

    He certainly would be able to make an impact with ASU quickly as the Sun Devils need depth on their offensive line.

    Robertson's big body would go a long way in protecting quarterback Taylor Kelly next year.

Offensive Tackle Casey Tucker

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    270 pounds

    Hamilton High School (Arizona)

    Casey Tucker is a local prospect for Graham and would be a huge get for Arizona State.

    He is very athletic for his size and fits well into ASU's offensive scheme. As the video above shows, he does a very good job of opening up running lanes and getting to the next level.

    Tucker isn't just garnering attention from the Arizona schools, though, as he recently played in the Under Armour All-America Game:

    Under Armour hooked it up! #UAALLAMERICA

    — Bigctuck (@CaseyTucker77) December 28, 2013

    Tucker would also be a big get for ASU since he's an in-state guy. For Graham to continue to grow Arizona State's program, he needs to keep Arizona's best athelets in Arizona.

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