The play of junior college transfer Tim White and promise of redshirting Terrell Chatman has helped Arizona State fans deal with the frustration of striking out at wide receiver last year on Signing Day.
The Sun Devils had missed on a few high profile recruits who signed elsewhere but five days later, the four-star prospect Chatman signed with ASU and in April the Sun Devils added White and UCLA transfer Devin Lucien, the last of whom ended up being ASU's top performer in every category: receptions, yards, yards per catch and touchdowns.
Now, they'll have to replace Lucien, who finished the season with 390 receiving yards and four touchdown catches in his final two games of the season. Additionally, ASU will have to replace one of the nation's most accomplished players, D.J. Foster, and frequent starter Gary Chambers.
Fortunately for the Sun Devils, the 2016 class isn't unfolding like a year ago, and they already have three commitments, the most recent of which came from local four-star Scout300 recruit N'Keal Harry out of Chandler High School.
Missouri City, Texas, athlete Jeremy Smith committed to the program in June. A high school quarterback, Smith reminds of former ASU receiver Michael Jones who was also a quarterback in high school in the Houston area.
Another commit, Vista Murrieta, California, prospect Kyle Williams, primarily plays quarterback but could play receiver or defensive back in college. He could play outside at the 2-receiver position or in the slot two-back role in which Foster flourished earlier in his career.
Even with three commits in the fold, ASU probably isn't done. It returns seven receivers in 2016 and would like to still land one ore big fish.
Houston receiver Tyrie Cleveland is probably the biggest of all. A teammate of ASU quarterback commit Dillon Sterling-Cole, Cleveland officially visited ASU the weekend of the USC game and is a four-star prospect whom Scout.com ranks as the No. 11 wide receiver prospect in the class.
Another four-star receiver who holds ASU in high regard is San Diego Mira Mesa prospect Steffon McKnight. He has the Sun Devils at the top of his list and has plans to officially visit.
A name to keep in mind is Louisiana prospect John Williams. He is someone who ASU is very high on and plans to bring on for an official visit. He has the speed and open-field ability to play outside or as a 2-receiver or slotback for ASU.