Ideal scholarship roster number: 4-5
Likely returning number: 3
2016 Commitments: 1 (Dillon Sterling-Cole)
Remaining ideal number: 0-1
Top remaining targets: None. ASU appears done at quarterback in 2016.
Super Skinny: With a redshirt freshman and two true freshmen on its 2015 roster, Arizona State is young at quarterback, and when including four-star Scout300 prospect Dillon Sterling-Cole into the fold, is also very talented. We don't see any of ASU's current quarterbacks not being on the roster in the spring and don't see ASU adding a second quarterback in the 2016 class.
Ideal scholarship roster number: 5-6
Likely returning number: 4
Remaining ideal number: 0/1
Super Skinny: We've seen this year the importance of having quality depth and talent at the running back position in light of Kalen Ballage having mono, Demario Richard missing a game and a half due to injury and De'Chavon Hayes not developing as expected. Nick Ralston is really more of a fullback who hovers somewhere between running back and tight end position groups. The Sun Devils have two committed running backs currently in 2016, but continue to try to land a big fish, Kareem Walker, who will visit officially and be a mid-year graduate. ASU also has to make sure Freddie Holly in on track for academic qualification.
Ideal scholarship roster number: 6
Likely returning number: 4-5
2016 Commitments: 1 (Jared Bubak)
Remaining ideal number: 0/1
Super Skinny: ASU's overall productivity has decreased at the tight end position but it is also a young and inexperienced group, save Kody Kohl. All of the players at the position have remaining eligibility, with Raymond Epps only being a sophomore despite a junior college transfer. Nick Ralston is a 'tweener for counting purposes between running back and the tight end group. Freshman Jay Jay Wilson still could settle at linebacker for the Sun Devils or maybe 3-back. Jared Bubak is in the fold as a 2016 3-back option but ASU lost a commitment this summer from Darel Middleton. He's unlikely to again be in the mix. Naseir Upshur committed to Florida State and ASU isn't much involved at this stage. The son of Randy Moss, Thaddeus Moss, has put ASU in his top-3 and said he'll visit late in the cycle but he hasn't been conducting media interviews for months. One more quality addition here would make sense but probably isn't needed and ASU likely doesn't add another commit.
Ideal scholarship roster number: 10-11
Likely returning number: 7
Remaining ideal number: 2
Super Skinny: ASU will lose D.J. Foster, Devin Lucien and Gary Chambers after this season and return starter-caliber players Cameron Smith and Tim White at wide receiver in 2016 along with a handful of others. The Sun Devils have two commits on the board currently and have a lot more high caliber targets out there with a goal of trying to be able to land a couple more. Tyrie Cleveland, N'Keal Harry and Steffon McKnight are the biggest names but there are others ASU really likes as well. Oklahoma commit Ryan Parker is a possible flip candidate out of Texas. So is Arkansas commit T.J. Hammonds, an athlete who could play outside receiver or the slot two-back role. Hammonds, Damian Alloway and Melquise Stovall are offensive athletes who could play in the backfield or on the perimeter. Chase Lucas is a high profile local athlete who is likely leaning toward ASU out of Chandler High and could land on offense or defense.
Ideal scholarship roster number: 15
Likely returning number: 10
Remaining ideal number: 3
Super Skinny: Four senior starters will depart from ASU's offensive line after this season and though an well regarded freshman class waits in the wings, a junior college offensive tackle is needed to provide stability and insurance. This is the position group ASU is furthest away from its target number and it would ultimately take two junior college tight ends if it could get ones it really likes -- no easy task considering it hasn't been able to lock down one in recent classes. Ashton Julious fell off the board with a commitment to Oklahoma this week. Garett Bolles, Tyson Rising and Breontae Matthews are junior college offensive tackles ASU has offered, with Rising -- a versatile outside-inside player -- being a guy ASU saw just last week and Matthews an offer we were unaware of until recently. Tramonda Moore is a swing high school lineman with versatility. JohnCarlo Valentin is a top offensive guard target. ASU would ideally land three more players here to add to its two current commits, Marshal Nathe -- who recently tore an ACL -- and Cohl Cabral, with two tackles and one interior player being the perfect scenario.
ASU currently has eight offensive commits in its 2016 class and is expected to sign 11 or 12 players total in the class who project to the offensive side. That means it is only four or five players away from its goal, though there's always the possibility of a decommitment or someone being dropped due to academics or other reasons. At quarterback, running back and tight end we see ASU adding one more player total, tops, and it may not take any, with the caveat being multi-positional offensive skill players not counting as running backs. At wide receiver, the ideal number is two, including the versatile skill players, and at offensive line the ideal number is three. If ASU fills up at wide receiver and offensive line, an existing member of the class may end up as a grayshirt or sign elsewhere. The overall ideal number of offensive scholarship players in any given season is 41 plus or minus one.