Don Hansen

Never Too Early for 2016 Recruiting

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Earlier this month, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham and his staff signed their fourth full recruiting class to join the football program. Even though the next recruiting class won’t be signed for 50 more weeks, the Arizona State coaches are aggressively recruiting prospects in the class of 2016.

While the Sun Devils do not have any 2016 verbal commits currently, the following 2016 football prospects claim offers from Arizona State thru Twitter either on their personal accounts or through recruiting services analyst accounts:

POS NAME HOMETOWN NOTES (RIVALS RANKINGS)
ATH Chase Lucas
Chandler, AZ
4-Star
ATH Demetric Felton
Temecula, CA
3-Star, Michigan/Cal offers
WR N’Keal Harry
Chandler, AZ
4-star
WR Taj Williams
Iowa Western CC
Auburn, Florida, Texas offers
WR Javon McKinley Corona, CA 4-star, Centennial HS USC/UCLA offers
WR Jack Jones Long Beach, CA 4-star, Long Beach Poly HS USC/UCLA offers
WR Theo Howard Westlake, CA 4-star, USC, UCLA, UO, A&M offers
TE Donte Coleman Mesquite, TX Unranked, Texas Tech, UW offers
OL Mackenzie Nworah Manvel, TX Unranked
OL Austin Myers Manvel, TX 3-star, TCU/Clemson offers
DL Garrett Rand Chandler, AZ 4-Star with Stanford offer
DL Connor Murphy Scottsdale, AZ 4-Star, Stanford & Michigan offers
DL Oluwole Betiku
Gardena, CA 4-Star, Junipero Serra HS, USC/ULCA offers
DL Caleb Roddy Denham Springs, LA
3-Star
LB Dontavious Jackson  Houston, TX
4-Star, Texas, TCU, A&M offers
LB Bryce Youngquist  Rancho C, CA
4-Star
LB Krys Barnes Bakersfield, CA
4-Star, USC offer
LB Calvin Bundage Edmond, OK
3-Star, Oklahoma offer
DB DJ Morgan
 Bellflower, CA
4-Star
DB DJ Pollard Gardena, CA 4-Star, Junipero Serra HS, USC/ULCA offers
DB Byron Murphy Scottsdale, AZ 4-Star (AZ #1) FSU, A&M, tOSU offers
DB Treyjohn Butler Etiwanda, CA 4-Star, Stanford offer
DB Obi Eboh Southlake, TX 3-Star, Ole Miss, Mizzou offers

Key Highlights of 2016 Prospects

  • State of Arizona has five key prospects
    • DL Garrett Rand
    • DB Byron Murphy
    • ATH Chase Lucas
    • WR N’Keal Harry
    • DL Connor Murphy
  • Arizona State has the best bet with 2015 QB Bryce Perkins’ Chandler teammates Lucas and Harry
  • California, Texas, and Louisiana continue to be the states ASU coaches hit the hardest after Arizona
  • Delvaughn Alexander, after a successful 2015 where he recruited three top LA prospects away from USC and UCLA, continues to show no fear going into LA, competing with UCLA and USC, while going after teammates of 2015 ASU signees
    • 2016 WR Jack Jones –> 2015 DL JoJo Wicker from Long Beach Poly
    • 2016 DB D.J. Morgan –> 2015 OL Zach Robertson from St John Bosco
    • 2016 DB D.J. Pollard and DL Oluwole Betiku –> 2015 DB Stanley “Scrappy” Norman from Junipero Serra
  • Even with the late 2015 commitment from WR Terrell Chatman, the Sun Devils are aggressively seeking wide receivers in 2016. On the defensive side of the ball, defensive backs, especially safeties, will be key for 2016.

If the Arizona State coaching staff repeats its same schedule as the past two years, then expect key Junior Days on campus for Class of 2016 prospects during the spring followed by summer camps in key locations like Texas and Northern California. It is a long time until Signing Day 2016, but the Arizona State staff has already started their plans in hopes to make the recruiting class of 2016 better than this years class.

About Don Hansen

Don Hansen

Don is a 2003 graduate of Arizona State University where he spent four years sitting in the front rows of many ASU athletic events leading the rowdy student section. Now, Don co-hosts the "ASU Devils Den" podcast covering every detail of ASU football. Don works and resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his beautiful Sun Devil wife and their two beautiful daughters!

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