2016 priority target overview: Defensive Line

The defensive line recruiting has been an area of strength under Todd Graham. Tashon Smallwood, Connor Humphreys and Joseph Wicker were all highly regarded out of state signings.

With only two seniors on the roster, ASU can be selective along the defensive line this year. We expect the Sun Devils to sign two or three prospects this class.

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

Long Beach C.C. defensive end Josh Allen has reportedly called Arizona State a dream school. The 6-foot-3 260-pounder also has offers from Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State and San Diego State. As a freshman last season, he was credited with 58 tackles, seven sacks and a team-leading 17 tackles-for-loss

Gardena (Calif.) Serra just added four-star defensive lineman Oluwole Betiku after he finished his junior campaign with 59 tackles and 12 sacks. He has declared no favorites at this point in his recruitment and claims over three dozen offers.

Four-star prospect Isaiah Chambers from Houston (Texas) MacArthur has reportedly expressed an interest in staying closer to home. With offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma among other national powers, it doesn’t seem like ASU has a great shot right now.

Marlon Davidson, one of the top overall prospects in the country, claims an Arizona State offer but the Alabama native seems likely to stay in the SEC at this point. Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-4 260-pounder as the No. 58 overall prospect in the country.

Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel defensive tackle Briston Guidry was an early commit to Mississippi State but decommitted in December. He had an impressive junior season and was named to The Times-Picayune Large Schools All-Metro team.

Carlo Kemp claims offers from Arizona State, Boise State,Colorado, Colorado State, UCLA, and Wyoming. A two-way standout, he had 11 rushing touchdowns last year to go with 66 tackles, 20 TFLs, eight sacks, and five forced fumbles. He is athletic enough to play Devil but at 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds right now he seems destined to play defensive end.

One of the most impressive defensive line prospects claiming and ASU offer is Josh King of Hinsdale South (Ill.). He is a state champion wrestler and last year, he finished with 70 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss and five sacks from his defensive end position.

A five-star prospect, Monroe (La.) Neville product Rashard Lawrence is one of the most sought after recruits in the country. He is reportedly close to announcing his top-10 and LSU is considered the early to be the early front-runner for his commitment.

Glenn Logan, currently the No. 186 ranked overall prospect in country, is another Louisiana based prospect who is claiming an Arizona State offer. The Sun Devils have a lot of competition as Alabama, LSU, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas A&M have all reportedly offered.

One of the biggest in-state targets for ASU is Hamilton defensive tackle Garrett Rand. A varsity player since his freshman year, he was offered by ASU two years ago. Stanford has been considered the favorite since his former teammate Casey Tucker signed there.

Back to Louisiana again, this time it’s Denham Springs, Louisiana defensive end prospect Caleb Roddy who is claiming offers from Arizona State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, North Carolina, Southern Miss, San Diego State and Tulane among others.

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive tackle prospect Boss Tagaloa reportedly has offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Michigan Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt,Washington, Washington State and Wisconsin among others. He projects to play either nose tackle or 3-tech.

Stephon Taylor is yet another Louisiana based defensive line prospect. The 6-foot-5 and 290-pounder plays for New Orleans McDonogh 35 Senior High School. In addition to Arizona State, the four-star recruit claims offers from most of the SEC power programs.

Maxs Tupai has reportedly named Arizona State as one of his favorites. The Murray, Utah product is also high on UCLA and USC. The four-star defensive end prospect claims 17 offers at this time. He has said he expects to visit ASU sometime this spring or summer.

The final priority prospect on the defensive line list Gerald Wilbon comes from, you guessed it, Louisiana. The Destrehan defensive tackle reportedly also has offers from Louisiana Lafayette, Southern Miss, Texas Tech and Tulane.


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