Arizona State has has many as five running backs who could return to its roster in 2017, so does that mean it will be very selective in its recruiting at the position group this year?
Arizona State is currently well stocked at the running back position. The Sun Devils could return juniors Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage in 2017 as well as redshirt freshmen Jason Lewis and Nick Ralston. Incoming freshman Tre Turner is probably is in line for a redshirt year baring injury.
Richard and Ballage are going to be eligible to leave for the NFL draft after the season thought. While there's no indication at this juncture that either player is likely to leave early, ASU head coach Todd Graham and his recruiting staff are in an interesting position which could see them try to protect against that possibility by signing multiple running backs.
At this time, however, it appears ASU is going to be selective at the position, with only a few uncommitted prospects claiming offers from the Sun Devils. With first year offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and running backs coach John Simon roots being mainly in the southeast, expect to see ASU recruit that area of the country extensively this year.
A.J. Davis is a playmaking back who would be excel in the passing game. Davis is one of the most heavily recruited players in the Southeast. He claims offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami and Oklahoma among others and figures to be a long-shot for ASU.
Louisiana-based prospect JaKyle Holmes claims an offer from ASU. He is listed at 5-foot-10, 195-pounds and reportedly has run a 40-yard dash as quickly as 4.38 seconds. He has been equally adept as a receiver and runner. He could play running back, receiver and return kicks for ASU. He has kept a low profile so far with the media.
Jacob Kibodi is another Louisiana recruit whom the Sun Devils have offered. At just over 6-foot and around 200 pounds with room to grow, he has the makeup of an inside power back in ASU’s system. He rushed 76 times for 842 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. Arizona is currently his only other Power-5 conference offer.
Khalan Laborn plays for the same high school in Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes, as 2015 signee Jason Lewis. He is primarily focused on Alabama, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech so it doesn’t look likely that ASU will be able to land another four-star from the school again this year.