The Trend Meter for ASU Recruits – Feb. 3rd

With less than 24 hours left before the 2015 National Letter of Intent Day, we take a look at a select number of ASU prospects and how each of them is currently trending in their recruitment.

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 prospects.

For as high profile of a recruit this Bishop Gorman (Nev.) wide receiver is, Broadus’ recruitment has been peculiar to say the least. ASU is the only school he took an official visit during the recruiting cycle and that alone should have put the Sun Devils as the clear favorite.

In the last couple of weeks USC who virtually ignored him since the spring, came calling trying to get the wide receiver to accept a walk-on status that could be part of a blueshirt approach. Then UCLA, a school that certainly hasn’t been recruiting Broadus in the same manner ASU did, got into the mix and were hoping that an in-home visit last week would be followed up with an official visit and seemingly an eventual pledge to the Bruins.

Now if Broadus lands in Tempe the Sun Devil nation would probably have the Super Bowl to thank. Since Broadus’ father, Hip Hop icon Snoop Dog, was in the valley to perform as well as hold a youth all-star game, last weekend ended up being an unofficial visit to campus for both father and son.

We believe that Broadus does want to go to ASU and is sincere about getting out of his father’s shadow in Los Angeles. We also know that his father wanted him to go to USC, but that option isn’t feasible with his son being awarded a scholarship. Therefore, UCLA could very well be the school many in Broadus’ camp are pushing for. I have a feeling this does g ASU’s way.

Wednesday at 12:35 p.m. MT on ESPN we will find out the answer.

ASU and Utah are the two left standing for the Buena Park (Calif.) athlete. Hawkins is expected to possibly announce today, and this one is too close as we speak. Hawkins took an unofficial visit to Utah this past weekend, since this was the only official recruiting trip his parents didn’t accompany him to.

Hawkins has been considered an ASU lean for a while. Conversely, this Utah trip along with the fact that his high school coach played at Utah and he has a high school teammate committed to the Utes, can obviously work in Utah’s favor. The fact that he didn't commit while on his Utah visit could be a good sign for ASU, but right now it’s still an unknown which school truly has the upper hand here.

ASU has been trending well with Wicker for a while now. Nonetheless, the fact that he spent the last weekend before NLI day on an official visit to UCLA, obviously didn’t offer any increased confidence that he would sign with the Sun Devils. The fact of the matter is that Wicker didn’t commit on his latest visit nor is he giving strong indications that he’s leaning towards UCLA. I honestly thought that at this point his recruitment would be trending down for ASU, but none of the information I have to date makes me believe that he has made up his mind yet.

Wicker is scheduled to announce Wednesday at 2:10 p.m. MT on ESPN.

Even if ASU does get Wicker, I’m not so sure that this would necessarily eliminate Reynolds, especially if the Sun Devils missed out on some of the prospects in this article. Reynolds may not be as heralded as most of the recruits left on the board, but the interior of the defensive line could use some help and Reynolds would fit the bill.

Bottom line is that if ASU needed to move even harder on Reynolds they would most likely land him. I would expect a Wednesday decision on this prospect.

Due to reasons we mentioned in the Huddle, ASU could be the most attractive option for the junior college wide receiver, but will it be enough to beat his hometown school of Arkansas? Is Texas still a viable option? The fact that he is making his announcement at his high school in Arkansas on Wednesday would lead you to believe that he will choose the Razorbacks. Reed also went on record that ASU was his best official visit, which is why the Sun Devils have been on his mind in the last few days leading up to NLI day. At this point this race may be too close to call.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Chatman decommit from Miami, and if that is the case TCU and ASU are likely the two schools he would considered flipping to. We’re told that he is keeping all three schools involved in his communications and it’s very hard to read his intentions at this point. ASU is certainly not trending down here, but on the other hand doesn’t currently have a decisive advantage on his other suitors, at least not one that he is communicating up until now.

Out of all of ASU’s commits, the Virginia running back appeared to be most likely to decommit due to his two January visits to Florida and Ole Miss (and a visit to Tennessee was also in the works, yet it never happened). But all throughout the recruiting cycle we never got indications that he actually was ever seriously considering switching his allegiance. So we expect him to send his NLI to ASU on Wednesday.

We won’t have to wait long to see where all these arrows will ultimately and permanently be pointing. Be sure to check out Sparky’s Huddle today and on NLI Day for all the latest.


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