Looking ahead: Top in-state 2017 Arizona State targets

How does the 2017 in-state class stack up to 2016? Which prospects has Arizona State offered and how does it look early in the cycle?

Arizona State has offers out to eight local 2017 prospects and has shown early interest in several others but how many of them will it be able to sign next year?  ASU did well in the 2016 class signing two of the top five prospects in Arizona. The 2017 class has more depth of talent than the last couple of classes but the competition for the top talent figures to be fierce and two locals have already committed elsewhere.

Austin Jackson is an elite offensive tackle and one of best tackle prospects in state history. The top-10 national prospect figures to be a hard get for ASU. He has family who played for USC and figures to have his pick of colleges based off his impressive list of early offers.

Ryan Kelley is one of the more impressive local quarterback prospects in recent memory. He has already committed to Oregon. ASU was one of his finalists but he was being recruited primarily by former offensive coordinator Mike Norvell. At this point in time he appears set with his commitment to Oregon.

Kayden Lyles a Wisconsin commit, is a two-way prospect who could play defensive tackle or offensive guard. His brother Kare signed with Wisconsin on Wednesday and his father played for the Badgers. It is very unlikely he breaks his commitment.

Tyler Johnson is a two-way prospect who projects to tight end/3-back for ASU. The Scout300 member currently claims nine offers with schools such as Michigan, Tennessee and USC amongst his group. ASU was one of his first offers and he figures to be one of ASU’s top targets at tight end this year.

Isaiah Pola-Mao plays safety for Mountain Pointe but has a long frame and should grow into a linebacker for college.. ASU was one of his first offers. He is a cousin of Troy Polamalu and is a nephew to UCLA offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu.

K.J. Jarrell is a tall safety prospect who projects as a bandit/spur in ASU’s defensive system. The Saguaro recruit claims double digit offers included in that group with the Sun Devils is Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Washington. 

Kolby Taylor is someone who ASU fans have been hearing about going back to when his brother Kerry played for the Sun Devils. His other brother Kendyl signed with Washington. ASU was his first offer and should be in the mix with its recent success at Chandler.

Jared Poplawski lone offer so far comes from ASU. He is two-way performer for Saguaro, playing tight end and defensive line. He has a good frame and size to play as an in-line tight end in the Sun Devils’ offensive system. 

The next group are prospects who ASU has shown early interest in or who we believe have a chance to be recruited by the Sun Devils next year:

Tavion Allen CB Cesar Chavez, Robert Branch-Williams WR Saguaro, Chance Brewington WR Hamilton, Jaydon Brooks WR Mountain Pointe, Robert Brooks WR Brophy Prep, Chase Cord QB Sunrise Mountain, Drew Dixon QB Sabino, Bryce Gilbert TE Higley, T.J. Green RB Chandler, Jalen Harris DE Desert Ridge, Curtis Hodges ATH Mountain View, My-King Johnson DE Tempe, Roshaun Johnson LB Desert Edge, Jonathan Nathaniel OL Basha, Andrew Nichols TE Centennial, Corey Stephens OL Saguaro, Kyle Soelle TE Saguaro

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