When Todd Graham took over for Dennis Erickson as the head coach of Arizona State he inherited a program that had phased out the tight end position. Chris Coyle had been converted to wide receiver and was the only returning player in the program who could contribute at the tight end.
Almost four years later the program is nearing the point when it can fully implement using multiple tight ends/3-backs. Junior Kody Kohl has the ability to play both roles. Sophomore Grant Martinez has added good weight to his frame and has the potential to be a contributor. Junior college transfer Raymond Epps is an athletic but raw player who could play either tight end or 3-back in time. True freshman Tommy Hudson has the size and strength to play as an in-line tight end this year.
Moving forward, ASU is looking to build depth at the position. It has two committed prospects, Tennessee tight end Darel Middleton and Nebraska prospect Jared Bubak. Middleton, like Hudson, is a big prospect who weighs in the neighborhood of 250 pounds. He could move to defensive line or offensive line down the road. Bubak, who plays quarterback in high school, is more of a 3-back prospect.
The Sun Devils also have a pair of freshmen, Jason Lewis and Jay Jay Wilson, who thus far have not practiced at tight end/3-back but could end up playing there down the road.
ASU is still actively recruiting Philadelphia recruit Naseir Upshur, who is one of the top tight end prospects in the nation. He plans to officially visit ASU in September with a couple of his teammates. He is also talked about playing at ASU with five-star running back prospect Kareem Walker, a current Ohio State commit and running back recruit who visited ASU.
Thaddeus Moss, the son of former NFL all-pro Randy Moss, is also someone ASU is recruiting. The 6-foot-4 235-pounder released a top-8 in June of Alabama, Arizona State, Georgia, Miami, NC State, Oregon, UCLA and West Virginia.