2016 priority target overview: Safety

With the versatility of how Arizona State uses its defensive backs, safety has been a relatively under recruited position thus far under Todd Graham, with only three pure safety signees in three years.

We believe that ASU will more than likely sign multiple safety prospects in this class.

Here's our look at the safety prospects who have offers from Arizona State.

Manvel, Texas product Deontay Anderson has over 30 scholarship offers. The 6-foot-1, 192 pound safety recruit has the athletic ability to play field safety and the size to play Bandit. He looks like a longshot with most of the SEC and the power schools in Texas showing heavy interest in him.

Nehemiah Augustus is another in a long line of underrated Louisiana prospects recruited by Mike Norvell. The 6-foot 200-pounder projects well to Bandit in the Sun Devil defensive system. We view him as a four-star level recruit based on his film. He is a two-way standout for the Lumberjacks and we feel he will become a high profile recruit.

UCLA is considered the favorite for Brandon Burton but Arizona State, Florida State, Ohio State and Oklahoma are all reportedly all in the mix. Gardena (Calif.) Serra product told Scout.com last week that he plans on unofficially visiting ASU this spring. He is being recruited to the Sun Devils by assistant coaches Del Alexander and Chris Ball.

J.J. Givens finished his junior season with 32 solo tackles, one sack, four interceptions and 11 pass breakups. In addition to Arizona State, he has picked up offers from Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. The 6-foot-2 and 165 pounder projects best to field safety.

Arizona State assistant coach Chris Ball is recruiting Lamar Jackson to ASU. The 6-foot-3 210 pound recruit played cornerback last year for Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin could play either safety and has the frame to possibly play Spur linebacker. California, Michigan and UCLA are some of the other programs who have offered him a scholarship.

Brandon Jones has an offer from Arizona State but The Nacogdoches, Texas recruit reportedly has a top ten consisting of Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M, and USC. He is a top ranked recruit despite that fact he missed the majority of his junior season with a knee injury.

Allen (Texas) safety Jaylon James has played at high level in one of the best leagues in the country and earned Texas All-District 6-6A First-Team selection last season. In addition to Arizona State, he claims offers from schools such as Auburn, Baylor, Miami, Michigan Ohio State and Texas A&M. He is being recruited to ASU by Bo Graham.

Cameron Lewis is a Monroe (La.) Wossman recruit with a LSU offer but he maintains no favorites. He also claims offers from Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and TCU. He also stars in basketball and track & field for Wossman and could be a tough get from the South for someone with such an offer list.

Arizona State has been making a strong push for Bellflower (Calif.) St John Bosco recruit D.J. Morgan. He visited ASU last fall and has repeatedly listed the Sun Devils along with Cal right at the top of his list. He is being recruited to ASU by wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander. Colorado State, Utah and Vanderbilt are his other offers at this time.

Taylor Rapp is one of the top safety prospects in the West. The Bellingham (Wash.) Sehome recruit has received an offer from many of the Pac-12 programs. The 6-foot 200-pounder projects best to Bandit for the Sun Devils. He is being recruited to ASU by defensive backs coach Chris Ball.

Pittsburg (Calif.) safety Shurod Thompson is reportedly the highest on Arizona State and USC. He also claims offers from Arizona, Boise State, California, Colorado, Colorado State, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA and Washington State. He is good friends with Sun Devils players D.J. Calhoun and Jalen Harvey.

Chacho Ulloa hails from Corona (Calif.) Centennial and plans to visit Arizona State unofficially in March. He He could play either safety position but probably projects best as an in the box strong safety/Spur. Boise State and Utah have reportedly offered and both USC and UCLA have shown early interest.

Scout-300 member JoeJuan Williams claims over 20 scholarship offers. The Nashville (Tenn.) Father Ryan product figures to be a difficult prospect for ASU to get with offers from Tennessee and most of the SEC. He is a versatile prospect with good size who could play either safety position and possibly spur.


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