Arizona State 2016 Offensive Recruiting Overview

Arizona State is mostly done with its 2016 class on the offensive side of the football. Here, we take a position-by-position look at how they've done and what is left to accomplish, if anything.

Quarterback

Ideal scholarship roster number: 4-5

Potential returning number: 3 (Manny WilkinsBryce PerkinsBrady White)

Likely returning number: 3

2016 Commitments: 1 (Dillon Sterling-Cole)

Remaining ideal number: 0-1

Top remaining targets: None. ASU appears almost certainly done at quarterback in 2016. 

Super Skinny: With a sophomore and two redshirt 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 getting even more talented than it already was. We don't see any of ASU's current quarterbacks not being on the roster in the spring and certianly don't see ASU adding a second quarterback in the 2016 class before signing day. In Cactus Bowl practices there was almost no ability to separate between sophomore Manny Wilkins and redshirt freshman Bryce Perkins and Brady White. This battle appears likely to persist well into August and perhaps into the early portion of the 2016 season. 

Running Back

Ideal scholarship roster number: 5-6

Potential 2016 returning number: 4-5 (Demario RichardKalen Ballage, Jason LewisDe'Chavon Hayes*, Nick Ralston*)

* Hayes practiced primarily at cornerback in December and is likely to remain on defense in the spring. Ralston is a fullback.

Likely returning number: 4

Commitments: 1 (Tre Turner)

Remaining ideal number: 0-1

Top remaining targets: Beau Bisharat

Super Skinny: We observed in 2015 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 one committed running back currently in 2016 -- having released Freddie Holly -- and hosted former Stanford commit Beau Bisharat last weekend. If it lands Bisharat it will have secured a very respectable class. If not, it'll be a bit light, though with three returning quality prospects it should be in good shape in 2016 if it isn't struck by a rash of injuries. The 2017 class will be an important cycle for recruiting running backs, however.

Tight End/3-Back

Ideal scholarship roster number: 6

Potential returning number: 5-6 (Kody KohlRaymond EppsGrant MartinezThomas Hudson, Ralston*, JayJay Wilson*)

* Wilson has primarily worked at tight end but also spent some time on defense in practice. 

Likely returning number: 4-5

2016 Commitments: 1 (Jared Bubak)

Remaining ideal number: 0-1

Top remaining targets: None. ASU should be done at tight end in the class. 

Super Skinny: ASU's overall productivity decreased at the tight end position in 2015 but it was also a relatively young and inexperienced group, save Kody Kohl. All of the players at the position have remaining eligibility, with Raymond Epps only heading into his junior season, with an adjustment year under his belt now despite being a junior college transfer. Nick Ralston is a 'tweener for counting purposes between running back and the tight end group. Freshman Jay Jay Wilson can potentially be a potetent weapon here as he gains experience if he's able to stay lean and in shape. Jared Bubak is in the fold as a 2016 3-back option but ASU lost a commitment this summer from Darel Middleton. Bubak has added quite a bit of weight in recent months, transitioning from quarterback to tight end. In Semper Fi practices we observed, he worked in a 3-point stance for the first time and it was a struggle. Being a participant in the spring for ASU should help. 

Wide Receiver

Ideal scholarship roster number: 10-11

Potential returning number: 7 (Cameron Smith, Tim WhiteFredrick Gammage, Eric Lauderdale, Ellis Jefferson, Jalen HarveyTerrell Chatman)

Likely returning number: 7

2016 Commitments: 3 (N'Keal Harry Jeremy SmithKyle Williams)

Remaining ideal number: 0-1

Top remaining targets:  DeVaughn CooperTyrie Cleveland

Super Skinny: ASU has lost D.J. Foster, Devin Lucien and Gary Chambers from last season and returns starter-caliber players Cameron Smith and Tim White at wide receiver in 2016 along with a handful of others. The Sun Devils have three commits on the board and it's a good class headlined by one of the Top-5 prospects at the position in the West, N'Keal Harry. There's a chance Harry could start as a true freshman, as he'll likely be competing against Ellis Jefferson, Jalen Harvey and Terrell Chatman for the opportunity. Smith, White, Harry, Jefferson, Harvey and Chatman should form a good nucleus, with a mix of big play weapons and possession receivers. Tyrie Cleveland, a teammate of Dillon Sterling-Cole, is an extreme longshot and Arizona commit DeVaughn Cooper appears somewhat uncertain of his decision ahead of Wednesday. 

Offensive Line

Ideal scholarship roster number: 15

Potential returning number: 10 (Stephon McCrayEvan GoodmanConnor HumphreysQuinn Bailey, Sam JonesSteve Miller, Cade CoteZach RobertsonDillon FaamatauMason Walter)

Likely returning number: 10

Commitments: 4 (Marshal NatheCohl CabralTyson RisingA.J. McCollum)

Remaining ideal number: 1

Top remaining targets: None

Super Skinny: Four senior starters depart from ASU's offensive line heading into 2016 and though a well regarded freshman class waits in the wings, the school's coaches were smart to hedge their bets by adding two junior college mid-year transfers, Tyson Rising and A.J. McCollum. Rising is a swing recruit who can play right tackle or guard. McCollum is in the mold of Nick Kelly and has a chance to earn a starting nod at center in what figures to be a hard fought competition between several players. Cohl Cabral continues to grow and is now approaching 6-foot-6, also able to play all five positions on the line. Marshal Nathe is recovering from a torn ACL which will keep him off the field in 2016 as a redshirt but is a developmental center prospect. 

Overview

ASU currently has 10 offensive commits in its 2016 class and was always projected by SunDevilSource.com to sign 11 or 12 players total in the class who project to the offensive side of the ball. That's with Holly being jettisoned. So if ASU's able to get Bisharat it really will have done a solid -- if unspectacular -- job across the board. Really the only things that could have made this class significantly better and been reasonably achievable would have been an elite junior college offensive tackle such as Garret Bolles and one or two more impressive young skill athletes. There's a very good quarterback and a signature wideout plus four offensive linemen on top of a class of five last year. The overall ideal number of offensive scholarship players in any given season is 41 plus or minus one. 


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