Gary Doran

Recruiting Arizona – Part I

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This is the start of a five part series examining the high school football talent from the state of Arizona over the past five recruiting years. This is a study on the local talent available to Arizona State.

Keeping local recruits from leaving the state is always a hot topic for any team, so over the next few weeks, we are going to dig deeper into the recruiting classes coming out of the state of Arizona to see how well the player actually performed during their college football careers to get a better idea about the level of talent within the state for ASU.  Each recruiting article in this series will be analyzing one specific recruiting class year. This initial article is starting off with the class signed in February 2010. This group would be fifth year seniors for this past 2014 season.

The Recruits

There were 28 of the top recruits analyzed from the 2010 state of Arizona class, with 27 of them signing commitments to D-1 schools. Of the 28 recruits, Scout.com recruiting service rated only three of them as four-star recruits, fifteen were rated as three-stars recruits, while ten of them were rated as only two-star recruits. There were 15 offensive players, 11 defensive players and two specialty players in the group. Over half of the recruits signed with a Pac-12 team, while just over one-third signed with a Mountain West team.Special Teams

ASU and Arizona signed five recruits each; just over one-third of the group. Two recruits signed with Stanford, while one each signed with Colorado, Oregon and UCLA. Of the 27 kids signing with a D-1 Program, only 11 stayed with their initial school all through their eligibility, which mean about 60 percent ended up somewhere else. Only eight of the recruits became significant contributors to their team, and one of the eight was a long snapper and the other a kicker. Excluding the two specialty players, only about 20 percent of the recruits became contributors to their teams during their careers. Of the group, three player earned all conference honors: Marquis Flowers; Pac-12 Honorable Mention, Alex Lewis; Big 10 Honorable Mention and Tyeler Davison; Mountain West First Team.

It is interesting to note that of the five recruits signed by ASU, four never really contributed, while the one that did was Alex Garoutte, a kicker. Arizona, on the other hand got contributions from three players; Marquis Flowers and Jourdan Grandon, along with Case Gorham, a long snapper.  The Air Force Academy signed four of the group, or about 15 percent of the 2010 class.

Of the 28 recruits, 25 were from the metro Phoenix area, while only three hailed from southern Arizona. Additionally, five of the recruits were from the same Chaparral High School team in Scottsdale. Also it’s important to remember that Dennis Erickson’s staff recruited the ASU players and Mike Stoops’ staff recruited the Arizona players.

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* Rankings per Scout.com

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About Gary Doran

Gary Doran

Gary graduated from ASU many years ago. After careers working in banking, finance and the financial administration of academic research funding, he is now interested in utilizing his passion for numbers towards two things he thoroughly loves; Arizona State University and college football. He is looking forward to finding the “stories” buried within the numbers on a football stat sheet. He has gone to ASU football games all the way back to the days of Frank Kush and the WAC. He has been married to an amazing ASU graduate for almost forty years, and they currently live in Ventura, CA. Although this may disqualify him from talking football, he and his wife enjoy the practice of yoga and dancing the Argentine Tango. Ole!

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