2016 in-state recruiting primer

Arizona State has offers out to five local prospects but will it be able to gain a commitment from any of them? If so, how many?

After back-to-back 10-win seasons, one would expect ASU should be poised to clean up in-state now that its staff has demonstrated its capability. But with a down class talent wise and several top players having expressed a preference for leaving home for school, it could be a year to further frustrate ASU and its fans with in-state recruiting, on-field success aside.

It seems all but forgone conclusion that Byron Murphy is headed out of state but he does play for Saguaro, the one local school where ASU has any consistent success.

N’Keal Harry was not widely know about last fall but after a strong season with Chandler and a great start to his off-season he was one of the top receiver recruits in the West. He seems to want to leave Arizona.

Chase Lucas might be the best chance for the Sun Devils out of the current group of offered prospects. He is very close with Bryce Perkins but he has a lot of suitors.

Murphy unofficially visited Arizona State on Thursday. ASU figures to be battling Michigan and Stanford for his pledge but most project him to Michigan.

Rand, a varsity player since his freshman year, was offered by ASU two years ago. Stanford has been considered the favorite since his former teammate Casey Tucker signed there.

There are other prospects worthy of attention from the Pac-12 and other power conferences. Here is a look at some of the prospects ASU could extend offers to in the 2016 class.

Jacob Brown - Paradise Valley - WR/DB- Brown caught 54 passes for 1,116 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also had 20 tackles and five interceptions on defense. The biggest question about him is if he has top end speed to be a BCS player.

Kyeler Burke - Hamilton - CB/WR - Burke rebounded from injury in 2013 to catch 75 passes for 976 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 464 yards and three scores. This year Burke will start at cornerback and receiver for Hamilton. He thinks is future is at cornerback in college.

Mason Moran - Chandler - QB/S - Moran is replacing Bryce Perkins as the Chandler quarterback and figures to have a huge season with Harry and Lucas among others. The 6-foot-3 180 pounder has good size and has the speed needed to play safety but he wants to play offense.

John Okwoli - North Canyon - WR -The 6-foot-2 190 pound two-way standout hauled in 86 passes for 1,408 yards and 10 scores. Okwoli has good size and has the speed needed to transition to the next level. Washington State has offered.

Hamilcar Rashed Jr.- Chavez - DE- At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Rashed draws comparisons to Ismael Murphy-Richardson. He was a dominant edge rusher who finished the season with 117 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 20 sacks.

Isaac Steele - Centennial - DB - Steele was the starting quarterback for Division II state champions but we think he will play defensive back at the next level. He has size but the question is if he has the speed to play cornerback or if he would have to play safety.

The next group of prospects are ones who we project as Division I prospects but will need to prove themselves to ASU this year to earn an offer.

Walker Adams - Brophy - LB
Steven Bailey - Centennial - OL
Daniel Bridge-Gadd - Paradise Valley - QB
Julian Carter - Saguaro - WR
D.J. Davidson - Desert Ridge - DT
Justin Holt - Salpointe - C/NT
Alex Hunter - Liberty - ATH
Thayne Jackson - Gilbert- OT
Cade Knox - Brophy - QB
Brandon Jamison - Chaparral - LB
Jacob Ksiazek - Salpointe - LB
Spencer Lewis - Red Mountain - OL
Kare Lyles - Saguaro - QB
Kevin Mack - Fairfax - LB
Justin Mandrola - Pinnacle - LB
Marshal Nathe - Centennial - OL
Luke Rudolph - Horizon - OL

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