With the offense now used by Arizona State, there is perhaps even more of a scholarship need at wide receiver and the Sun Devils should end up with at least a few players at the position group in the 2017 class.
Arizona State’s wide receiver group has a new offensive coordinator -- Chip Lindsey -- and a new position coach -- Jay Norvell -- and plans to utilize a traditional type slot receiver more this year. The group is somewhat in flux with senior Tim White as the only consistent producer returning from 2015 and he spent quite a bit of this spring practicing at defensive back. Junior Cameron Smith, though, was a top big play threat for the team in 2014 before missing last season with a knee injury.
ASU signed three quality recruits in 2016, including local four-star N’Keal Harry. New position coach Jay Norvell lured in transfer John Humphrey from Oklahoma last week. Humphrey projects in the slot and can play in 2017 with three years of eligibility
The Sun Devils need to still add three or four more prospects in 2017 to get back to a healthy scholarship number at the position and have cast a wide net so far by offering more than a dozen prospects.
Tarik Black, the No. 1 receiver in the East and the No. 15 receiver in the nation, plans to make his college decision in the next few months. ASU is on the outside looking in as he has narrowed his focus to Alabama, Notre Dame, Stanford, Michigan and UCLA.
Texas wide out Camron Buckley seems like a long shot for Arizona State at the moment as he seems focused on his Big-12 and SEC options. Buckley finished his junior season with 31 catches for 432 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns on 13.9 yards per catch. He earned first-team all-district honors.
Tahj Capehart is another top prospect from the same high school in Ocean Lakes, Virginia, as 2015 ASU signee Jason Lewis. The four-star prospect seems likely to stay in the East as of now based off of the schools he has talked about the most. He scored eight touchdowns (six receiving and two rushing) and accumulated 770 all-purpose yards.
Montrell Estell was recruited by Jay Norvell at Texas but at this time it now looks like the Texas based receiver will stay in-state at Baylor, Texas or Texas A&M or consider SEC programs such as Alabama and Arkansas. He totaled 28 receptions for 490 yards and five touchdowns as a junior.
Joseph Lewis ranks as the No.1 wide receiver recruit in the country. He has over two dozen offers at the moment and seems to be keeping his options open. He will probably chose a Pac-12 program but he is also considering national programs like Florida, Michigan, Nebraska and Notre Dame among others.
Corona (Calif.) Centennial receiver Tyjon Lindsey has already cut down his list to 10 schools. ASU did not make that cut but Texas A&M did but the four-star eliminated the Aggies after A&M assistant Aaron Moorhead’s twitter rant last week. The Sun Devils remain an outside possibility at this point.
Omar Manning had a breakout junior season with 33 receptions for 671 yards and a team-high 12 touchdowns. Those efforts helped him to get to over 30 scholarship offers so far. The Texas product has not talked to much about ASU thus far in media reports but the Sun Devils remain in the periphery of his recruitment.
Texas four-star prospect Mannie Netherly also dropped Texas A&M last week after Moorhead’s twitter rant. Netherly was actually committed to the Aggies at the time. He has an offer from Arizona State but it is unclear if the Sun Devils are back in the mix for the wide out.
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei standout Osiris St. Brown is one of the top receiving prospects in the West. His brother signed with Notre Dame out of high school. The Fighting Irish and Michigan along with most of the Pac-12 are the front runners for his pledge.
Chandler standout Kolby Taylor could keep the Sun Devils’ streak of signing a Wolves’ standout for the third consecutive class. He is the brother of former ASU standout Kerry Taylor. Despite breaking his leg late in the 2015 season his recruitment has kept progressing and he has hit double digit offers and is a good fit for the slot role.
Arizona State was one of the first programs to offer Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde prospect Bryan Thompson who racked up 58 catches for 1259 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior. Arizona, Colorado, Kansas State and Washington are his other Power-5 conference offers.
Louisiana wide receiver prospect Michael Young claims offers from Power-5 programs Arkansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Virginia in addition to ASU. His recruitment goes back to former ASU offensive coordinator Mike Norvell but he said in April that the Sun Devils have continued to actively recruit him.