Whether it be Todd Graham’s aggressive defensive style, the fact he coaches the position for Arizona State, or the success cornerbacks have had under his leadership, ASU has become an attractive destination for cornerbacks under Graham.
ASU is set to graduate three cornerbacks after this season and only have five scholarship players currently working at the position going into this season. After signing day last February, the Sun Devils appeared set at the position for the immediate future but with Armand Perry transitioning to safety and 2015 four-star Stanley Norman not enrolling for the fall, ASU needs to have a strong class in 2016 to keep the position well stocked.
The Sun Devils currently hold two commitments at cornerback. JUCO prospect J’Marcus Rhodes is a long athletic recruit who probably projects to boundary corner. Three-star Robbie Robinson is an aggressive player who thrives in man to man coverage. We like him at the field-side corner spot.
J’Marcus Rhodes gave Arizona State his pledge after seeing the program in person. In doing so he turned down reported scholarship offers from Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma and Utah, among others. He is being recruited to ASU by Chris Ball. A projected December graduate, Rhodes would have two years to play two seasons at ASU.
Robbie Robinson, the East Region’s 7th-ranked cornerback, committed to Arizona State on Saturday. The Maryland cornerback was recruited to ASU by Chip Long. He chose the Sun Devils over offers from Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia among others. Robinson, who is the 41st-ranked cornerback in the country.
Scottsdale Saguaro athlete Byron Murphy might be the top prospect overall or ASU in this class. He seems to be a Texas A&M lean at this time but he is close with Chandler recruits N’Keal Harry and Chase Lucas. If ASU can land both of those recruits its prospects with Murphy would dramatically increase.
Three-star Ohio defensive back seemed headed for ASU after he decommitted from Pitt earlier this summer. Since then more schools have jumped into the mix but he is expected to visit some time this fall. Another prospect who recently decommitted is four-star Jordan Parker. He is tight with two prospects, Lamar Jackson and Shurod Thompson, who are officially visiting for the USC game. There is a good chance Parker joins the duo as official visitors that weekend.