Arizona State had three high profile young quarterbacks who battled for the starting position in the spring -- two former four-star recruits and an Arizona state championship signal caller -- and a fourth, four-star Dillon Sterling-Cole, set to enroll in August. That situation along with a first year offensive coordinator seemingly has made the prospects of landing a top prospect at the position this year a little tougher than it had been in recent years.
However, after one of the most bizarre recruiting weeks nationally in recent memory, ASU’s chances of landing another top quarterback could have greatly increased. The Sun Devils had been considered contenders for three of the top remaining uncommitted quarterbacks in the West, but after with Chandler Basha High four-star Ryan Kelley reopening his commitment this week, things have got a lot more interesting for the Sun Devils’ 2017 recruiting class.
Ryan Kelley, who just decommitted from Oregon, has been actively recruited by ASU since he was freshman. The Basha High standout is the No. 4 quarterback prospect in the West, No. 10 nationally and No. 112 overall recruit in the 2017 Scout300. He has not gone on record about his decision to break with the Ducks as yet, but the rumors and his own twitter feed both point to Oregon’s pursuit of former Texas A&M commit Tate Martell. ASU is now rumored to be the frontrunner but schools such as UCLA and Texas A&M could also be in the mix.
Chase Garbers unofficially visited Arizona State in March. The Sun Devils along with Cal, Vanderbilt and Washington all offered the quarterback MVP of The Opening Los Angeles Regional. Last season Garbers threw for 2,715 yards with a 68.7 percent completion rate with 33 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He also rushed for 457 yards on 105 carries with seven touchdowns.
ASU is facing a lot of competition for Jack Sears. The three-star prospect who currently ranks as the No. 3 quarterback in California claims offers from most of the Pac-12 and programs such as Tennessee and Texas A&M. As a junior, Sears completed over 70 percent of his pass attempts for 2697 yards and 37 touchdowns to just two interceptions. He also rushed 112 times for 862 yards.
Tyler Lytle seemed on the verge of an ASU commitment after an unofficial visit in April, but after a visiting Colorado last weekend it’s the Buffs who might be the team to beat. All the movement with quarterbacks this week could be the impetus to make the three-star passer to declare sooner rather than later.