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Todd Graham’s 3rd Signing Day

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February 5, 2014 is a key date for the Arizona State football program under head Coach Todd Graham. This date marks the signing of Graham’s third recruiting class in Tempe, Arizona. Now, the majority of the players on the team consist of players Graham’s staff evaluated, offered, and signed. The success of this staff will be tied to the success of these future college players.

Signed National Letter of Intent for Arizona State University

Manny Wilkins, QB
Coltin Gerhart, QB
Kalen Ballage, RB
Demario Richard, RB
De’Chavon Hayes, RB/WR/KR, JC (Two Years)
Eric Lauderdale, WR, JC (Two Years)
Tyler Whiley, WR
Jalen Harvey, WR
Brendan Landman, TE
Sam Jones, OL
Quinn Bailey, OL
Dalvon Stuckey, DT, JC (Two Years)
Darrius Caldwell, DL, JC (Two Years)
Edmond Boateng, DE, JC (Early enrollee)
Tashon Smallwood, DL
Renell Wren, DL
Connor Humphreys, DL
Ismael Murphy-Richardson, OLB/DE
Christian Sam, LB
D.J. Calhoun, LB     (Early enrollee)
Jamal Scott, LB/S
Kweishi Brown, CB, JC (Two Years)
Chad Adams, CB
DeAndre Scott, CB
Das Tautalatasi, S
Armand Perry, S

Initial Thoughts

  • Video highlights for all 2014 recruits can be found on our 2014 Recruiting Page.
  • The 2014 Arizona State recruiting class finishes 16th nationally and 2nd in the Pac-12, per Scout, 2oth nationally, 4th in Pac-12, per Rivals, and 21st nationally, 3rd in Pac-12, per ESPN.
  • The following members of the 2014 recruiting class were rated with four stars with at least one of the big three recruiting services: Whiley, Harvey, Calhoun, Smallwood, Humphreys, Stuckey, Wilkins, Jones, Lauderdale, Brown, Boateng, Richard, Ballage, Wren
  • With the early departure of Carl Bradford to the NFL, the Arizona State coaching staff signed junior college pass rusher Caldwell. Caldwell signed with Illinois in 2011 before leaving the program during a coaching change.
  • This pushed DB/S Jordan Thomas out of the 2014 class as ASU can only sign 25 players per calendar year. Boateng or Calhoun will count back to the 2013 class and Thomas could be a grayshirt candidate.
  • Early verbal commit WR Nick Alexander did not sign a National Letter of Intent as he will not academically qualify, and he is forced to go the Junior College route.
  • As we discussed previously, Arizona State hit the junior colleges hard once again to make up for the depth issues caused by the previous coaching regime. Stuckey, Caldwell, Brown, and Lauderdale could be starters in 2014 while Hayes and Boateng could contribute.
  • With Arizona’s best crop of high school football talent, Arizona State was only able to pull Whiley, Bailey, and Richardson-Murphy. Per Scout, that is 3 of the top 18 prospects in the state, and per Rivals, that is 3 of the top 14. It is tough to swallow for Sun Devil fans as star high school players head out of state to Texas A&M, Stanford, or Oregon. However, the coaching staff recruited well as stars like Casey Tucker and Qualen Cunningham had Arizona State in their final groups, which hasn’t happened before.
  • Speaking of legacies, Qualen Cunningham followed his father’s path and signed with Texas A&M. Cunningham could have stepped in and taken over the devil linebacker position with Carl Bradford’s early departure to the NFL. However, Cunningham heads to A&M where he joins a class with two other defensive ends, one of which is the number one defensive end in the country.
  • Hence, “depth chart” and “playing time” may not be as big of factors as people suppose with the top recruits as seen by Cunningham and Casey Tucker. Tucker signed with Stanford, and Tucker becomes one of twelve high school offensive linemen signed by Stanford in the past three recruiting classes. In comparison, Arizona State has signed seven TOTAL offensive lineman (five high school and two junior college) in the same three recruiting years. One would think Tucker has a better shot at becoming the starting left tackle at Arizona State sooner than Stanford.
  • Mike Norvell, Chip Long, and Bo Graham have been tremendous national recruiters in their short time in Tempe, but Co-Defensive Coordinator Chris Ball helped lock up Northern California in 2014. With Stanford recruiting nationally and the University of California-Berkley struggling on the field, the Sun Devil coaching staff capitalized in an area full of talent.
  • Even with a lot of effort by the coaching staff, led by Norvell, no recruits out of Louisiana signed with Arizona State.
  • None of the early, early verbal commits to Arizona State, Michael Farmer, Korey Rush, and Jaleel Wadood, ended up signing with the program.

Key ASU Pursuits Who Signed Elsewhere

Kyle Allen, QB  –> Texas A&M
Casey Tucker, OT  –>  Stanford
Qualen Cunningham, DE/OLB  –>  Texas A&M
Jaleel Wadood, S  –>  UCLA
Jonathan Johnson, DE/OLB  –> Cal
Alex Anderson, OG  –>  Texas
Darrel Williams, RB  –>  LSU
Ty Barrett, OG  –> TCU
Kenyon Frison, OT  –>  Oklahoma
Kammy Delp, OG  –>  Oregon State

 

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