Devils Digest Pre-Signing Day Hot List

With National Letter of Intent Day rapidly approaching, ASU is working to close out its 2013 class as several high-profile prospects remain on the Sun Devils' radar. Devils Digest's Joe Healey examines these recruits and where they currently stand with one week left before Letter of Intent Day.

OL George Adeosun

Height/Weight: 6-6/309

Hometown/School: Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 55 OT

Offers: Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Purdue, Virginia

Official Visits: Oklahoma (1/25)

Finalists: Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Purdue and ASU

Breakdown: A very late development in ASU's 2013 recruiting efforts, Adeosun was recently offered and it remains to see what sort of chance ASU has to sign him. It's no coincidence that Adeosun spent his high school career protecting Sun Devil soft commit QB Josh Dobbs, but the massive tackle in his own right is rated higher than any offensive line commit the Sun Devils have to date for 2013.

With under a week remaining until Signing Day, it is difficult to tell whether it is too little, too late for the Sun Devils with Adeosun or if the prospect of him playing college ball with Dobbs compels the pair to ink with ASU. Adeosun is a late bloomer as a whole, not just in terms of his attention from ASU, as he formerly was committed to William & Mary of the Football Championship Subdivision but now has offers from over a half dozen BCS conference schools.

Hod's Prediction: If and when he visits ASU, I give them a slight edge of landing him. However, class numbers will dictate that as well.

ATH Marcus Ball

Height/Weight: 6-3/205

Hometown/School: Westerville, Ohio/Westerville-South HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 46 Safety

Offers: ASU, Boston College, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kent State, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, Toledo, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Official Visits: Wisconsin (11/17), ASU (1/11)

Finalists: ASU and Wisconsin; Soft Verbal to Wisconsin

Breakdown: Ball committed to Wisconsin under Bret Bielema in November but once Bielema left for Arkansas, Ball began to entertain alternatives. After visiting ASU in January he announced that the Sun Devils and the Badgers would Duke it out for his services. He could play either wide receiver, safety or even ‘Spur' linebacker for the Sun Devils, making him a highly attractive all-purpose athlete. The Badgers benefit from having Ball's older brother on their roster, but the competition between the two programs is very close.

Hod's Prediction: ASU wins in a close battle

WR Darren Carrington

Height/Weight: 6-2/175 Hometown/School: San Diego, Calif./Horizon HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 37 WR/No. 280 Overall

Offers: ASU, Arizona, Boise State, Boston College, California, Colorado, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Vanderbilt, Washington State

Official Visits: Oregon (9/8), Arizona (1/18), ASU (1/25), Ohio State (2/1)

Finalists: Soft Verbal to Oregon, ASU and Ohio State.

Breakdown: After missing out on four-star receivers such as Eldridge Massington and Devon Allen, Carrington presents an elite option for the Sun Devils to insert into the offense. The competition for his services is difficult to say the least, as Ohio State will receive his last visit and Oregon, the school that has held a commitment from him since June, remains a very viable option.

Hod's Prediction: Too close to call at this point. If proximity to home and spirituality are the most important factors that he's headed to ASU.

WR Trevell Dixon

Height/Weight: 6-1/195

Hometown/School: Baldwin, La./West Saint Mary HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 80 Safety

Offers: ASU, Houston, Nebraska, Louisiana, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech Official Visits: Nebraska (11/16), Houston (12/14), Louisiana (1/18), ASU (2/1)

Finalists: Committed to Nebraska, ASU.

Breakdown: One of several unpredictable, enigmatic prospects this year, Dixon's name has been mentioned on-and-off in connection with ASU. Recently, however, Dixon reaffirmed his verbal pledge to Nebraska but Devils Digest reports that the Sun Devil coaching staff remains relentless in pursuing the Louisiana athlete. As of right now he's scheduled to visit Tempe this weekend and that could very well tip the scales in the Sun Devils' favor.

Hod's Prediction: in 12 years of doing this I don't if I ever saw a player decommit from the same school twice. I think Dixon commits to Nebraska.

QB Joshua Dobbs

Height/Weight: 6-3/190

Hometown/School: Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 12 QB/No. 136 Overall

Offers: ASU, Arkansas, Boston College, Duke, Harvard, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi State, Princeton, South Florida, Syracuse, TCU, Tennessee, UCF, Wake Forest

Official Visits: ASU (1/18), Tennessee (1/25)

Finalists: Soft Verbal to ASU, Tennessee and possibly Stanford

Breakdown: The final stages of every recruiting season is good for a series of headaches, ulcers and grey hairs for coaches and fanatics alike, and this year the Sun Devil faithful are collectively crossing their fingers hoping that ASU can keep a commitment from its four-star quarterback.

Dobbs verbally committed to ASU in the summer and remained steadfast in his pledge to the Devils, but as the months turned into weeks leading up to Signing Day, Dobbs has shown major signs of cold feet, presumably because of the distance between Alpharetta and Tempe. Sun Devil fans thought they had dodged the fatal bullet when Dobbs broke off talks with Mississippi State last week; however Tennessee stepped right in and secured an official visit last weekend.

Though no reports have surfaced summarizing his trip, multiple Scout.com reporters have shifted confidence to Dobbs signing with the Volunteers over the Sun Devils. Recently as well, other schools such as Stanford have reportedly come into the mix. At this rate, Dobbs likely will add some unwanted Signing Day anxiety for Sun Devil fans and ASU faces the risk of ending up without a quarterback signee for the second straight year.

Hod's Prediction: With Dobbs exploring so many options near and far I don't see this ending in ASU's favor. I tend to agree that he commits to Tennessee but watch out for Stanford.

LB Myles Jack

Height/Weight: 6-3/230

Hometown/School: Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 4 OLB/No. 65 Overall

Offers: ASU, California, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, South Carolina, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State

Official Visits: Utah (12/14), ASU (1/11), UCLA (1/18), Washington (1/25), Florida State (2/1) Finalists: Committed to UCLA

Breakdown: The most highly-rated viable prospect remaining on ASU's board, Jack would give the Devils their only top-100 recruit should he choose to make Tempe his college destination. It is well known that Jack's parents are ASU alumni and he did give positive responses after his official visit to Tempe, but the general thought is that the Sun Devils are on the outside looking in when it comes to Jack's final decision.

Hod's Prediction: Sticks with UCLA pledge

LB Cameron Judge Height/Weight: 6-2/215

Hometown/School: Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 20 OLB/No. 259 Overall

Offers: ASU, Arizona, Boise State, Boston College, Duke, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon State, Purdue, San Diego State, Texas A&M, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington State

Official Visits: ASU (1/18)

Finalists: ASU and UCLA; Soft Verbal to UCLA

Breakdown: Recently, Scout.com's Greg Biggins reported that Judge, despite his four-star standing, had not been receiving much recruiting communication or attention from UCLA—although he was verbally committed to the Bruins. In that same report, it was acknowledged that ASU had an excellent chance to earn Judge's signature. Though the Bruins may step up their persistence with Judge as Signing Day approaches, the Devils still appear to be in great shape to pick up yet another addition to an already impressive group of linebacker signees.

Hod's Prediction: Could decommit in favor of ASU, but if Oregon comes calling and he visits Eugene this weekend then all bets are off.

CB Solomon Means

Height/Weight: 6-1/170

Hometown/School: Stockton, Calif./Lincoln HS/Butte College

Scout.com Ranking: NR-JC

Offers: ASU, Houston, Idaho

Official Visits: Idaho (1/18), Houston (1/25), ASU (?) (2/1)

Finalists: Idaho, Houston

Breakdown: Means is the most notable "out of nowhere" candidate for now as his name only truly surfaced in connection to ASU in late January. With Damarious Randall likely to play safety in place of Keelan Johnson, ASU could benefit from a junior college cornerback to battle for a depth role. One would speculate that if the Sun Devils truly wanted Means, he should be theirs for the taking with competing offers only coming from Houston and Idaho. However, if ASU feels good about their chances of landing Moore then chances are Means won't visit this weekend.

Hod's Prediction: If ASU's pursues him in earnest then he's Tempe bound.

DL Dimarya Mixon

Height/Weight: 6-3/265

Hometown/School: Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 51 Defensive End

Offers: ASU, Baylor, Colorado, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Texas, Oklahoma, Purdue, Syracuse, Washington State, West Virginia

Official Visits: Oklahoma (9/8), ASU (9/21), West Virginia (9/29) Nebraska (?) (2/1)

Finalists: Committed to Missouri, ASU and possibly Nebraska in the mix.

Breakdown: Mixon appeared to be entirely off ASU's radar once he de-committed from the Sun Devils in early November and pledged to Missouri about a month later. However, Todd Graham and his staff have never game up on recruiting the former Sun Devil pledge, and he in turn has been receptive to their efforts. Now that Nebraska has also come into the picture, we could have a challenging three-school race heading to Signing Day.

Hod's Prediction: Before Nebraska entered the picture, I gave ASU a decent chance of landing him. If the visit to Lincoln takes place this weekend then all bets are off and this one becomes impossible to predict.

CB L.J. Moore

Height/Weight: 6-1/175

Hometown/School: Fresno, Calif./Central HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 24 CB/No. 269 Overall

Offers: ASU, Arizona, California, Fresno State, Georgia, Houston, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Texas Tech, UCLA, UNLV, Washington

Official Visits: Notre Dame (9/22), Texas Tech (10/6), Oregon State (10/19), Oklahoma (1/11), ASU (1/18)

Finalists: ASU and California

Breakdown: The past week has been a rocky one when it comes to predicting Moore's destination; after his visit to Tempe, ASU appeared to be a strong leading candidate but an unofficial visit to Berkeley has given California a very legitimate chance. Proximity to home and a potential starting spot as a true freshman figure to be among the appealing factors that Cal provides, but ASU has depth concerns at cornerback as well and both expected starters in 2013 will be seniors.

Hod's Prediction: The fact that ASU has been pursuing Means for almost a week now may be the biggest indicator that Moore may commit to Cal. So for now I believe will choose the Golden Bears.

LB Michael Parker

Height/Weight: 6-4/200

Hometown/School: Nokesville, Va./Kettle Run HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 18 Safety/No. 236 Overall

Offers: ASU, Boston College, Illinois, Marshall, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina State, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

Official Visits: None

Finalists: ASU and Miami (Fla.)

Breakdown: One of the most compelling recruiting targets for ASU this year, Parker would be an incredible addition on defense but he is a total academic question mark and it is uncertain whether he will sign with any school. Boasting a laundry list of impressive offers, Parker would be an excellent candidate for either a spot at safety or ‘Spur' linebacker. If he signs anywhere, ASU is a likely destination but his academic concerns might delay his FBS career.

Hod's Prediction: As Joe's mentioned, an official visit to Tempe will seal the deal. But whether that visit takes place is a whole different story.

WR Cameron Smith

Height/Weight: 5-11/175

Hometown/School: Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS

Scout.com Ranking: No. 123 WR

Offers: ASU, Houston, Illinois, Iowa, North Texas, Wisconsin

Official Visits: ASU (1/11), Iowa (1/25)

Finalists: ASU and Iowa

Breakdown: Smith reportedly only held two offers (Illinois and North Texas) as recently as early November but the postseason has provided him a handful more including one from ASU. With Signing Day a week away, it is believed that Smith is down to ASU and Iowa as the Sun Devils look to heavily restock their wide receiver depth.

Hod's Prediction: A man of few words when you do reach him, but based on the information have I believe ASU wins his services.

DL Corey Smith

Height/Weight: 6-7/245

Hometown/School: New Orleans, La./O.Perry Walker School

Scout.com Ranking: No. 109 Defensive End

Offers: ASU, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida International, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane

Official Visits: ASU (1/11), Tulane (1/18), Kentucky (1/25), Louisville (2/1) Finalists: ASU, Kentucky and Louisville.

Breakdown: Though a great deal of attention has been given to the more highly-touted prospects as of late, Smith is still a very plausible option to sign with ASU. An athlete whose height can give the coaches options on either the offensive or defensive line, the Devils are obviously the most distant option of the four schools Smith visited. ASU faces challenges with the three other schools Smith visited as he was formerly committed to Tulane, is pursued by enthusiastic new head coach Mark Stoops at Kentucky and is scheduled to visit Sugar Bowl champion Louisville this weekend.

Hod's Prediction: We do know that Tulane is probably not an option since Mike Coppage reported a week ago that Smith did decommit from there. But with Smith literally not granting interviews, this was is too close to call.


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