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ASU Adding JC Players


Chris Karpman, publisher of, had two interesting tweets this morning: “Lots of questions on why so many JUCO commits for ASU. Team will have approx 25 combined scholarship juniors/sophs on roster next year (1/2)” “ASU will have to replace as many as 13 senior starters. You need to have more balanced classes and more upperclassmen waiting in wings (2/2)”

In Dennis Erickson’s last two recruiting classes, 2010 and 2011, he signed 46 total players.  Removing the 9 JC players from 2010/2011 who have played and used their eligibility (Bell, De Armas, Elder, Schwab, Simmons, Willie, Ayers, Ross, Hubner), that leaves 35 total players who should be left on the current ASU roster to lead the future teams.

What do these names have in common?

2010:  Ramon Abreu, Lee Adams, Kevin Anderson, Josh Fulton, Randy Knust, Jordan McDonald, DJ Spann, Joita Te’i, Calvin Tonga, Taylor Walstad, Damien Williams
2011:  Stanley Absanon, Joe Eason, Karl Holmes, David Moala, Brent Walker

And the answer is simple:  None of these players are currently with the ASU program.

First thing first, this is another reason why Dennis Erickson found his way out of Tempe.  Erickson and his staff were not recruiting for long term program success.

Additionally, this explains why Todd Graham and his coaching staff have focused on getting impact Junior College players in the 2012 and 2013 classes.  Last season, Marion Grice and Chris Young became instant impact players while Alonzo Agwuenu, Steffon Martin, Darwin Rogers, and Jake Sheffield provided nice depth.

Sun Devil nation is looking for big things next season from Marcus Hardison, Jaelen Strong, Joe Morris, and De’Marieya Nelson while guys like Antonio Longino, Demetrius Cherry, Eriquel Florence, and Nick Kelly add nice depth for 2013 and could crack the starting lineup in 2014.  These Todd Graham Sun Devils are filling in for all of the Dennis Erickson misses in 2010 and 2011.


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