Recruiting efforts reach New Orleans

Several members of Todd Graham's staff have recruiting connections east of the Mississippi, and those relationships are certainly being put to use. Running backs coach, Larry Porter, is recruiting the state of Louisiana and had a few prospects from the New Orleans area attend ASU's camp last Sunday. These players include Eugene Brazley, an Ole Miss commit and Raheem Falkins, and Alabama commit.

"Coach Porter is a great coach and he showed me around," Brazley said. "I like it a lot here and it's a nice view. I got to see a lot of the school and it's nice out here. It's a nice campus and everything is right there so you don't have to walk a lot.

"I sat down and watched game film and they get their running backs in space. That's what I do in high school so that fits perfectly. Coach Porter showed me a lot of new things in camp, and he's definitely a coach that can make me better. I really like it here."

In terms of his Ole Miss pledge, the 5-10 175-pound Eugene Brazley, a three-star prospect who rushed for over 1,500 yards as a junior, sounded like anything but a firm commit.

"I'm still allowed to be recruited because I want to do what is best for me," Brazley said. "Arizona State is one school I'm going to think about and when I get home I will speak to my mom about it and then I will talk to coach Porter.

"I'm also checking out Memphis, Southern Miss, Tennessee, and San Diego State. Football isn't going to last forever so I am looking for a school with good academics."

The 6-3 190-pound Raheem Falkins, is a three-star wide receiver who had 10 touchdown receptions last season. He trains with at the Sonic Boom training facility with Brazley and attended the ASU camp simply tagging along with some of his other friends who train there. While he isn't planning to decommit from Alabama, he still enjoyed his time in Tempe.

"I really like the scenery here and the indoor (facility)," Falkins said. "the academics here are great too. The stadium is great and they have more stuff they will be adding on. I like the offense Arizona State runs and I know I could help.

"Coach Porter got me up here checking stuff out, and there are a whole lot of days before signing day. Maybe I'll come on an official visit here. But I'm still committed to Alabama."

Another member of Sonic Boom, 5-11 188-pound, Joey Lewis, also attended ASU's camp. Lewis is the quarterback at Carver High School and he threw for over 3,800 yards as a junior, with Falkins, and at times Brazley being the beneficiaries of his play. While he doesn't have an offer from ASU, his camp performance can assist him in getting one in the future.

"The coaches said I did well and that they are going to stay in touch with me during the season," Lewis said. "They also wanted me to visit them during a home game. So I hope I do get an offer from them."

Lewis, who is likely to play defensive back or wide receiver at the next level, said that he was looking at Ole Miss, North Texas and Mississippi State. However, he wouldn't mind at all landing in Tempe.

"It's beautiful here and I really like it," Lewis said. "I like the stadium, I like the people because they show that they are caring. Everybody here is like a family and that is what kids need these days."

A younger member of Sonic Boom, 2015 5-11 175-pound cornerback Hunter Dale was another camp participant and ASU re-affirmed their offer to him on Sunday.

"It's a beautiful scene out there," Dale said in a previous interview to Devils Digest. "It's not crowded and you have a lot of space to do what you need to do. It's easy to navigate around here. The team really treats you like family and shows you that they really want you and I like that.

"I really like their academics too. You have to work hard but they will support you. I really like their stadium, it's quite a scene."

Duke Riley, a 2013 linebacker was supposed to be part of the Louisiana contingent on Sunday but a previous engagement prevented him from coming. This is another prospect that has been on ASU's radar for months now and the recruiting efforts stand a good chance to intensify with him as well.

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