Devils Digest Pre-Signing Day Top-10

With just under a week remaining until National Letter of Intent Signing Day 2012, teams across the college football nation are putting together last-minute pitches to secure commits to finalize their recruiting classes. Devils Digest's Joe Healey analyzes a top-10 list of some of Arizona State's most likely recruiting targets.

Devils Digest Pre-Signing Day Top-10 in alphabetical order

LB Reggie Barnes

Height/Weight: 6-2/215 Hometown/School: Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prepatory School

Scout.com Ranking: Not ranked

Offers: ASU, Air Force, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Florida International

Official Visits: ASU (Jan. 20), Air Force (Jan. 27)

Finalists: Undecided

Breakdown: Barnes, who is regarded as a solid pass-rushing linebacker, was recruited by Todd Graham's staff at Pittsburgh and that interest carried over to Arizona State. His recruitment, however, is somewhat curious as he hasn't reported much urgency in deciding, despite few major offers. Barnes is scheduled to visit Air Force this coming weekend and may trip to Florida International after signing day. What remains to be seen is how patient ASU is with Barnes and if the staff pursues a replacement option if he follows through with postponing his commitment until after Feb. 1.

Hod's Prediction: ASU

OT Demitric Camiel

Height/Weight: 6-6/285

Hometown/School: Houston, Texas/Westfield HS

Scout.com Ranking: Not ranked

Offers: ASU, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi State, Tulane

Official Visits: Indiana (Jan. 13), ASU (Jan. 20), Mississippi State (Jan. 27)

Finalists: ASU and Mississippi State

Breakdown: With Dejon Allen and Dylan La Frenz no longer a part of ASU's plans and Will Latu and Niu Sale cutting the Sun Devils from their respective lists, Camiel quickly becomes an urgent player of need for ASU's 2012 class. Even if four-star OT Evan Goodman ends up signing with ASU as is generally expected at this point, the Devils currently have only two offensive line commits in Goodman and Stephon McCray.

Though Camiel is lightly rated, he is regarded as having intriguing upside and could develop over time to potentially replace Evan Finkenberg at one tackle position for ASU. As it stands right now, Mississippi State has five committed offensive linemen compared to ASU's two, potentially an element of intrigue for Camiel's decision.

Hod's Prediction: ASU

RB D.J. Foster

Height/Weight: 6-0/185

Hometown/School: Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 104 overall, No. 12 RB

Offers: ASU, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, California, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington

Official Visits: ASU (Sept. 24), Nebraska (Oct. 7), Oregon (Oct. 15), California (Dec. 16), USC (Jan. 13)

Finalists: ASU and California

Breakdown: What is left to be said about Foster? Sun Devil fans have been on "Foster-watch" virtually the whole 2011 season and beyond, as the state of Arizona's most electrifying skill position player has had peaks and valleys in his interest toward the Sun Devils. Initially presumed to commit to ASU in November, Foster pumped the breaks as ASU's season tanked over the final month of the year. Throughout that time schools such as California, Nebraska, Oregon and USC have entered the conversation to different extents, but ASU always remained an option as Foster and family wanted to provide due diligence to the process and get to know new coach Todd Graham and his staff.

Over the past week or so especially, ASU's coaching and support staffs have spent extensive time with Foster and his family, intricately outlining all aspects of what D.J. would experience on and off the field should he choose to stay home for his collegiate career. Still reportedly scheduled to announce on Friday—though logistics with the location and ability for Foster's head coach John Sanders to attend may alter plans—USC and Cal have remained persistent in their pursuit, with USC recently being phased out of the competition.

Though California has continued to push toward a commitment, ASU is presumed to hold a slight edge in this marathon and the result will be announced this Friday at 11:45 a.m. (MST) on Fox Sports Arizona.

Hod's Prediction: ASU

RB Marion Grice

Height/Weight: 6-0/210

Hometown/School: Houston, Texas/Blinn CC

Scout.com Ranking: No. 1 JUCO RB (Only four-star RB)

Offers: ASU, Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Mississippi, Mississippi State, TCU, Tennessee

Official Visits: ASU (Jan. 13), Houston (Jan. 27)

Finalists: ASU and Houston

Breakdown: With Terrell Davis committed and D.J. Foster a realistic possibility for ASU, the staff would like to take a third running back, likely from the junior college ranks. Grice, the top-rated JUCO running back according to Scout.com, was previously committed to Texas A&M but switched after the coaching change. Grice and Damien Williams are the two legitimate options, in theory, as the third potential back in the class; however the Sun Devils will have to outbid Grice's hometown school, Houston. Mississippi also may earn a post-signing day visit from Grice.

Hod's Prediction: Houston

S Zach Hoffpauir

Height/Weight: 5-11/200

Hometown/School: Peoria, Ariz./Centennial HS

Scout.com/Ranking: No. 32 S

Offers: ASU, Air Force, Arizona, Army, California, Colorado, Duke, Navy, Northwestern, Stanford, Toledo, UCLA, Washington

Official Visits: California (Dec. 9), Stanford (Dec. 13), ASU (Dec. 20)

Finalists: ASU, California, Stanford

Breakdown: Hoffpauir is one of a handful of local products whose interest in ASU has piqued since the arrival of Todd Graham and his staff. Though he has been a verbal commit to California since late September, the combination of Tosh Lupoi's departure from Cal and Hoffpauir's recent acceptance to Stanford may very well make the Cardinal the team to beat.

There have been reports that Hoffpauir greatly enjoyed his trip to ASU last week and may be intrigued by following D.J. Foster to ASU (should Foster commit to the Sun Devils). Ultimately, however, academics have trumped virtually all other factors for Hoffpauir and it appears most likely he will end up in Palo Alto.

Hod's Prediction: Stanford

DT Jaxon Hood

Height/Weight: 6-0/280

Hometown/School: Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 100 DT

Offers: ASU, Air Force, Arizona, Boston College, Fresno State, Washington State

Official Visits: Boston College (Nov. 12), Arizona (Jan. 14), ASU (Jan. 20), possibly Michigan State, Tulane or Washington (Jan. 27)

Finalists: ASU and Boston College

Breakdown: After receiving very little attention from either major in-state school, both Todd Graham and Rich Rodriguez extended offers to Hood, who remains a soft commit to Boston College. After visiting Tucson and Tempe in consecutive weeks, Hood's review of ASU was highly favorable and the vibe is he may switch his pledge to the Sun Devils.

Hod's Prediction: ASU

S Laiu Moeakiola

Height/Weight: 6-0/195

Hometown/School: Euless, Texas/Trinity HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 104 S

Offers: ASU, Colorado, North Texas, Tulsa, UCLA

Official Visits: UCLA (Jan. 13), ASU (Jan. 20)

Finalists: ASU and UCLA

Breakdown: A verbal commit to UCLA under Rick Neuheisel, Moeakiola recently took ASU into consideration. Assisted by having his cousin David Moala on the Sun Devil roster, after last weekend's visit Moeakiola has reportedly de-committed from UCLA and favors the Sun Devils. He may visit Baylor on the final weekend before Signing Day, but the edge currently stands heavily in favor of ASU.

Hod's Prediction: ASU

CB Darion Monroe

Height/Weight: 5-11/185

Hometown/School: Reserve, La./East Saint John HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 29 CB

Offers: ASU, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Tulane, Utah

Official Visits: Georgia Tech (Dec. 9), ASU (Jan. 6), Texas A&M (Jan. 13), Utah (Jan. 20), Tulane (Jan. 27)

Finalists: Undecided

Breakdown: Monroe, currently a soft commit to Texas A&M, visited in early January but little has been published since regarding his view of attending ASU. With subsequent visits to Texas A&M and Utah, as well as a potential one to Tulane and the possibility of LSU vying for his attention, Monroe seems to be unlikely to wind up in Tempe.

Hod's Prediction: Texas A&M

WR Darreus Rogers

Height/Weight: 6-2/194

Hometown/School: Carson, Calif./Carson Senior HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 64 overall, No. 10 WR

Offers: ASU, Hawaii, Miami (Fla.), Oregon, USC, Washington

Official Visits: USC (Jan. 13), ASU (Jan. 20)

Finalists: ASU and USC

Breakdown: The most highly-rated prospect still legitimately interested in ASU, Rogers has been committed to USC for over a year, pledging to the Trojans on Jan. 6, 2011. However, ASU has remained in the conversation throughout the Sun Devils' coaching change and last week's visit to Tempe made a tremendous impact on Rogers. The primary difference between the two schools for Rogers is that at USC, he could play behind two of the nation's better receivers in Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, while spending his freshman season as a potential target of Heisman candidate Matt Barkley.

At ASU, the picture at wide receiver is much less clear, providing a realistic opportunity for Rogers to lay claim to being the number one option as a true freshman. Currently, the deciding factor may be the in-home visits scheduled this Thursday and Friday with ASU and USC, respectively.

If Rogers does sign with ASU, he will be the most highly-rated wide receiver to sign with the Sun Devil since Scout.com's rankings began in 2002 and would be one of only five four-star high school receivers—joining Kemonte Bateman, Terry Richardson, Gerell Robinson and Kerry Taylor—to wind up signing with ASU in that span.

Hod's Prediction: Too close to call

RB Damien Williams

Height/Weight: 6-1/207

Hometown/School: San Diego, Calif./Arizona Western JC

Scout.com Ranking: Top-four JUCO RB (one of four three/four-star JUCO RBs)

Offers: ASU, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas Tech

Official Visits: Arkansas (Dec. 17), ASU (Jan. 13), Oklahoma (Jan. 20), Texas Tech (Jan. 27)

Finalists: ASU, Oklahoma and Texas Tech

Breakdown: Though the path was elongated by a two-year junior college tenure, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Williams would end up a Sun Devil—until Dennis Erickson and staff were not retained at ASU. After backing away from his verbal commitment to ASU, the nation's leading junior college rusher garnered significant attention from SEC and Big XII teams.

Thankfully for Sun Devil fans, an official visit to Tempe under Todd Graham's reign brought ASU back into Williams' good graces, but the competition the Devils face is very stiff. Depth chart position could be a factor in this one, as ASU returns Cameron Marshall for his senior season, hopes to have Deantre Lewis back at full strength and of course is in strong competition for D.J. Foster's services—potentially a high-octane backfield to say the least, but plausibly concerning to a player with only two playing years remaining.

It was assumed that his trip to Oklahoma last weekend would seal his fate to the Sooners, but since Williams left Norman still uncommitted, there could be life left in ASU's push for his signature.

Hod's Prediction: ASU or Oklahoma


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