Safety has been one of the most productive positions groups for Todd Graham’s Arizona State Sun Devils. Alden Darby was successfully replaced last year after being an all-league selection and this year, one of the biggest questions is whether ASU can replace Damarious Randall, who ended the program’s 12-year drought on NFL first round picks.
Replacing Randall’s production at field safety will fall upon Armand Perry to start the season. The sophomore looked like a future starting cornerback last fall when he played a lot of nickel in his first year at ASU. Bandit safety Jordan Simone has all-league potential. After those two players its sophomore James Johnson, who lacks ideal speed to play the field position but should be a good Bandit safety, and Chad Adams, who saw majority of reps at second team field safety during camp.
After the top group, there is some certainty at the position. With Simone set to graduate, we project ASU to sign at least two safety prospects. We could see some junior college prospects emerge later on depending on how well the younger players -- Perry in particular -- perform. Overall ASU needs to get more athletic at the position by finding players who project well to field safety.
Two four-star prospects from California, Lamar Jackson and Shurod Thompson, are planning official visits to ASU. Corona Centennial recruit Chacho Ulloa is also high on ASU. A prospect flying under the radar is Louisiana based athlete Nehemiah Augustus. He is unrated but is planning officials to Nebraska and ASU.