2016 priority target overview: Tight end

Tight end and 3-back are important positions in the Arizona State offensive scheme. Position coach Chip Long is one of top recruiters in the nation and he has targeted some of the top prospects available nationally.

The Sun Devils signed four prospects who could play either tight end or 3-back last year. With no seniors at the position, ASU can be selective and we project it will sign no more than two at the position group in 2016 barring unanticipated attrition or position moves.

Here's our look at the tight end/3-back prospects who have offers from Arizona State.

Hunter Kampmoyer became Arizona State’s first commitment of 2016 two weeks ago. The 6-foot-4 240 pound prospect visited ASU after receiving his first offer from the Sun Devils and committed a few days after his visit. Boise State, Cal and UCLA has since offered. He combines an impressive frame and muscular structure with rare limberness for someone his age. He projects well at the defensive end and both tight end and 3-back.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Devin Asiasi is an intriguing prospect who already claims double-digit offers. He has had limited exposure in the passing game in high school due to a run-dominated offensive scheme. He projects as an in-line tight end. The Concord (Calif.) De La Salle product has not mentioned ASU much publicly in interviews and he seems to be focusing on Alabama, California, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington.

It is not a surprise that Arizona State has offered Donte Coleman. The 6-foot-4 215-pounder comes from West Mesquite High in Mesquite, Texas, where Todd Graham was born and raised. He also is an ideal fit for the ASU system and is similar to 2015 JUCO signee Raymond Epps. He went from zero to double-digit offers in February. As a junior, he was credited with 18 catches for 234 yards and four touchdowns.

Irvin Smith from New Orleans (La.) Brother Martin is a name to remember if for no other reason than he is going to be recruited by Long and offensive coordinator Mike Norvell. At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds he projects more as a in-line tight end for the Sun Devils but he has potential to make plays downfield as well. ASU and Miami are the biggest offers out of the seven offers that he claims right now. After missing most of his sophomore year due to injury, he figures to add more offers as his highlights make the rounds with recruiters.

Naseir Upshur, one of the top overall prospects in the country, was targeted early and has already visited Arizona State and has a strong relationship with coaching staff and Long in particular. That could help ASU in what would appear to be a tough recruitment for the program considering he comes from the East Coast and now claims offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and South Carolina. He is close with Jaelen Strong but with Strong moving on to the NFL, how much that relationship helps ASU remains to be seen.


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