Since Chris Thomsen was added to Todd Graham’s staff at Arizona State in 2013, recruiting along the offensive has ticked upwards in each class. ASU signed Sam Jones and Quinn Bailey in the 2014 class and added five recruits in the 2015 class highlighted by Zach Robertson and Steve Miller.
Those two classes will start paying dividends this year with improved depth. With ASU set to lose five linemen, including four starters after this season, the Sun Devils will be looking towards those young linemen to fill out the starting group next fall.
We expect the Sun Devils to sign at least four prospects again this year, with one possibly being a junior college tackle recruit. ASU currently has two verbal commitments from two prospects. Cohl Cabral and Marshal Nathe.
Cabral, the No. 36 ranked offensive tackle prospect nationally and the No. 5 ranked offensive tackle prospect in the West, chose ASU over scholarship offers from Arizona, California, Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State, USC and others. He was recruited to the Sun Devils by Chris Thomsen and Mike Norvell.
Nathe became the Sun Devils’ first in-state commitment when he chose Arizona State in March. He currently ranks as the No. 1 offensive line prospect in Arizona and the No. 9 offensive guard prospect in the West. He was recruited to ASU by Chris Thomsen. He is on track to graduate early and enroll at ASU in January.
Junior college tackle Garett Bolles is one of the top prospects at his position in the country. He is not a candidate to be an early enrollee, something that ASU typically looks for in juco prospects so the fact that he has been aggressively recruited by the Sun Devils is a good indication of how highly regarded he is by the program. He is expected to officially visit ASU this fall.
The Sun Devils are also getting visits from a pair of linemen from Philadelphia Imhotep Institute, JohnCarlo Valentin and Yasir Durant. Valentin is a priority prospect for ASU. He could play tackle or guard. Durant, who doesn’t have a committable offer at this time is big tackle prospect who could be offered during his visit.
Nevada lineman Keenan King has ASU at the top of his list and has been recruited by the Sun Devils for some time. We saw him at ASU’s camp last summer, he is guard prospect who projects as an above average run blocker. He will officially visit some time this fall.
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NotesIt's easy to see what programs like. He absolutely looks the part of a prototypical left tackle. He's also very quick off the ball, powerful, and well coached. He uses great technique for the most part. He's got a mean, nasty streak to him, too.
NotesA native of Maryland, Rodgers is suited to be a left tackle at the next level. He has the elite length, athleticism, and quickness out of his stance that programs search for when spotting their future blindside protectors. The upcoming season for him at Iowa Western will be hist first and last at the junior college stage, before he heads back to the FBS level.