Arizona State has offered scholarships to four in-state tight end recruits including one at the junior college level. Here's a look at the program's priority targets.
Arizona State seems to finally be entering a season with some depth at the tight end position under Todd Graham. Senior Kody Kohl is an established veteran, junior Raymond Epps is emerging and sophomore JayJay Wilson played multiple positions before settling at tight end late last season and looks like a potential future all-league performer. Junior Grant Martinez has been injury-plagued but has two more years of eligibility and redshirt freshman Thomas Hudson is one of the bigger tight ends we've seen at ASU in years, and he has the ability to move and make plays in the passing game.
The Sun Devils added a mid-year tight end prospect in 2016, Jared Bubak, and can be selective in 2017 recruiting, with five tight ends already on the roster with remaining eligibility. Graham’s longest tenured assistant coach, Del Alexander, enters his first season as the tight ends coach after making the switch to wide receivers. ASU seems to be in good position to continue its recent success here, with a number of prospects on its board, including four in-state prospects with offers, which could pay dividends on signing day.
Gilbert Higley’s Bryce Gilbert is a big framed receiving tight end prospect. He played last season as a receiver at 6-foot-4 and around 200 pounds, catching 65 passes for 1,056 yards and 16 scores. He gave up basketball this season to focus on football. He also claims offers from Arizona, Colorado, Louisville, Nebraska and Oregon State among others.
Gilbert Highland prospect Tyler Johnson is one of the top tight end prospects in the West. A big and versatile athlete, Johnson was used as a receiver and rusher for Highland as well as on defense. He had 20 receptions for 462 yards and five scores and added 202 rushing yards and six touchdowns. In addition to ASU, he claims offers from national powers such as Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Michigan State.
Scottsdale Saguaro tight end Jared Poplawski is big framed prospect who has been productive as a tight end and on defense for the Sabercats. At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds he projects as an in-line tight end for the Sun Devils. He has multiple family members who went to ASU, including his grandfather who played tight end.
Arizona Western’s Jeremy Patton is an athletic highly sought after prospect whom ASU is highly prioritizing. In addition to his offer from the Sun Devils, Patton currently holds offers from Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Utah among others. He visited ASU earlier this spring and is on schedule to graduate in December.
Mike’Quan Dean is a big in-line junior college prospect from the same school as 2016 ASU signee Maurice Chandler. Nebraska, Pitt and Syracuse are his other Power-5 conference offers. He plans to graduate in December and will have two years to play two following the 2016 football season.
Sacramento tight-end Josh Falo is a longshot prospect for ASU. He is a national recruit who seems to be focused on Pac-12 programs USC, UCLA, Oregon along with other high profile Power-5 programs. He has a brother who played defensive tackle for San Jose State and another who is a linebacker at Colorado.
Jimmy Jaggers is in-line tight end prospect who has not been used much as a receiver in high school so far with just 15 reception in two years. Still he is ranked as a top-10 tight end in prospect in the West with offers from programs such as Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA, USC among others.
Ben Moos is the son of Washington State athletic director Bill Moos and brother of former ASU defensive lineman Bo Moos. Washington State does not use a tight end and he would have to convert to defensive end for the Cougars. ASU could be the right type of fit for Moos if he wants to play tight end in college.