Arizona State has three running backs it holds in high regard returning in 2016, sophomores Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage, along with freshman Jason Lewis who is redshirting. Injuries/illness to Richard and Ballage have shown the importance of depth at the position for ASU. So far junior De'Chavon Hayes has not been able to replicate the production senior D.J. Foster gave the Sun Devils before Foster transitioned to wide receiver in the passing game at the slot two-back role.
Currently the Sun Devils have two committed running backs, Riverside (Calif.) Norte Vista’s Freddie Holly and New Orleans Holy Cross’ Tre Turner. Holly is more of an inside between the tackles type runner similar to Richard. Turner is a more versatile type back who should be more of a factor in the passing game than Holly.
We do not expect ASU to take more than two running backs in the class but the Sun Devils continue to recruit other prospects.
Turner has been on ASU’s radar since he was a freshman. He was committed to Ole Miss before ASU, but as baseball standout, the Sun Devils have dual appeal to him.
Holly's path to academic qualification is worth monitoring and could cause ASU to look at bringing another back into the fold.
New Jersey running back and Ohio State verbal Kareem Walker unofficially visited Arizona State in the summer and reportedly plans to officially visit. The five-star prospect is the No. 2 ranked running back in the country and has already officially visited Michigan and plans to visit other schools. He's someone ASU would take regardless and figure out the numbers thereafter.
Another prospect ASU has continued to recruit is San Bernardino, California, prospect Alexander Mattison. The 5-foot-10 200-pounder has kept a relatively low profile in recruiting circles but recently told Scout.com that he will take an official visit later on in the process to ASU. He's a high academic achiever and a player who has averaged more than 10 yards a carry in his high school career.