The Trend Meter for ASU Recruits - Jan. 21st
The world of college football recruiting is certainly very fluid in nature, yet after gathering information from various sources here is how we handicap Arizona State’s current chances with some of its remaining uncommitted prospects. Porter Gustin, LB, Salem Hills (Utah) Salem For a while it has been a two-team battle between ASU and USC for the services of this talented linebacker who early in the cycle has been one of the quickest risers in the 2015 class. He visited the Trojans this past weekend and will visit Tempe in a couple of days. All the feedback we have been hearing concerning his recruitment with ASU has been extremely positive and a successful visit could in effect seal the deal in this recruiting process for ASU, even though Gustin is still scheduled to visit Ohio State on the 30th and probably isn’t expected to decide before Feb. 4th National Letter of Intent Day. Cordell Broadus, WR, Bishop Gorman (Nev.), Las Vegas In stark contrast to his very well known father, Snoop Dogg, we hear very little of the recruitment of this wide receiver. Now, one reason could be that he the wide receiver officially visited only school to date and that is ASU. As far as we can gather he has no official visits planned to any other schools in the next two weekends, even though UCLA, LSU and Michigan have been mentioned as possibilities. His father’s affinity to USC probably keeps that school as a possibility although it will have to be at least initially in a walk-on capacity due to the tight numbers of that class. All in all, ASU is still leading here and barring late developments he should be part of the Sun Devils’ 2015 class. Dominique Reed, WR, Coffeyville CC (Kan.), Coffeyville With wide receiver still a position of need in this class landing a junior college prospect such as Reed is undoubtedly something that ASU would love to accomplish in this 2015 group. Nonetheless, this Arkansas native has been rumored for a while to be favoring his hometown Razorbacks and is still visiting Auburn this weekend. Even though he’s hard to read when it comes to his recruiting thoughts we suspect that that Reed does land in an SEC school. JayJay Wilson, ATH, Ventura (Calif.), Ventura Much like Broadus another recruit that has kept a very low profile in terms of his recruitment process, and at the same time one prospect that ASU is leading for. Wilson is slated to play the three-back, a tight end who wears many hats in ASU’s scheme and he could also line up at Spur linebacker. Thus, his versatility is an aspect that is very appealing to the Sun Devils. ASU battles Utah and possibly Colorado for his services, and a late offer by USC is now making his recruitment quite a bit more interesting, but we feel that ASU is still his leader at this juncture. Shareef Miller, DL, George Washington (Pennsylvania), Philadelphia The lineman has had ASU high in his sights for months now and his official visit last weekend did nothing to change that. The fact that he can play Devil backer and tight end position is naturally very appealing to the coaches. He is looking at schools closer to home such as Penn State and Pittsburgh, and Florida is making a push as well. Nonetheless, we feel that ASU has positioned itself quite nicely with Miller at this point. Rasheem Green, DL, Junipero Serra (Calif.), Gardena We believe Green to be a lean, if not a heavy lean, towards USC, which is the reason for our trend arrow. Now ASU has a chance to make a strong impression on him this weekend when it comes to visit and maybe that gives him some serious food for thought, but right now he still remains a long shot to end up anywhere else but with the Trojans. Jaylinn Hawkins, ATH, Buena Park, (Calif.), Buena Park Yes, I do think that ASU leads for this DB/WR, and thought that his pledge was a matter of when, not if. While I’m not growing skeptical ASU’s chances of landing him, Hawkins already visited Boise State and plans to visit Cal and even Oregon is an outside shot to host him in the next couple of weekends. So with these ongoing visits hard to say that ASU is trending up, but still are in a good position with Hawkins. Kareem Orr, DB, Notre Dame (Tenn.), Chattanooga A few weeks ago Orr, who was a one-time Louisville commit, was one of the more inconspicuous recruits on ASU’s board. These days, he’s surely one of the hottest prospects for the school. A great official visit this past weekend, followed by a in-home visit a couple days later with secondary coach Chris Ball and tonight’s announcement that ASU leads for his services, tells you all you need to know about his trending. Yes, Ohio State did offer him last Friday, is second only to ASU on his list of favorites, and Columbus will be his last visit (on January 23rd) before NLI day. That being said, no one should be surprised if he dials area code 480 as he gets ready to fax his letter on Feb. 4th. Orr is scheduled to announce on February 2nd. Joseph Wicker, DL, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly While ASU has and will battle USC for several 2015 recruits, this is the only prospect where UCLA’s is the Sun Devils’ main competition. We feel that ASU has made serious progress with the lineman ever since his Tempe visit and Wicker knows that the depth chart for the Sun Devils is favorable for him to get early playing time. However, UCLA has been in strong contention for a while and will host Wicker the weekend of the 30th which could make it hard for ASU to make a lasting impression before NLI day. So this is one battle that can go either way. Osa Masina, LB, Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton When it comes to 2015 recruits in the Western region, perhaps the worst kept secret is the fact that the linebacker has been a heavy USC lean for several weeks now. Yes, we were surprised that he didn’t make his announcement during the Army All-American game or just earlier in the process in general, but on Friday the 23rd every little bit of suspense that may still be out there will end with Masina’s announcement. Dechaun Holiday, DB, San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills True, Holiday was very impressed with his recent visit to Tempe and definitely holds ASU in a higher regard than ever before. Nonetheless, for months now it seems as if UCLA is the team to beat and sure enough that will be his last official visit on the 30th. We don’t have him trending down for ASU because you never know if that official visit last weekend could ultimately sway him away, yet the even arrow also indicates the apparent status quo of his recruitment and the fact that he is likely Westwood bound. Some of these arrows are bound to change in the next few days, so be sure to check out Sparky’s Huddle from now until NLI Day for all the latest.
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