Austin Jackson headlines Arizona State's offensive line recruiting efforts in 2017, a five-star prospect among the best in the country. Here's a deeper look at the prospects with offers.
After a slow start early in his tenure, offensive line recruiting has been on an upswing under head coach Todd Graham. The Sun Devils have added seven high school linemen in the last two classes along with two junior college recruits, and many of them are impressive prospects.
The fact that ASU only has two seniors out of the 15 linemen currently on scholarship means it will look to probably only add several offensive line prospects in this class. Tackle prospects will probably be prioritized over interior recruits.
Henry Bainivalu is one of the top offensive line prospects in the West. He is a big-framed interior line prospect who could maybe play at right tackle. At this time it looks like he will probably land in the Pac-12 but he also has shown interest in Michigan, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
Junior college prospect Elliot Baker is a four-star prospect who claims offers from Alabama, ASU, Georgia, Mississippi State among others. He is on pace to finish up his academic work in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.
Aaron Banks projects best to guard but has the length needed to play right tackle. He is the No. 5 offensive guard prospect in the country according to Scout.com. Most of his top suitors are in the Pac-12 but Florida, Michigan and Nebraska are also under consideration.
Toryque Bateman is a huge offensive tackle prospect from Alabama. The Scout 300 recruit claims offers from Arizona State, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State and Missouri among others. He is projects better as a right tackle or as a guard.
Five-star prospect Wyatt Davis comes from the same high school as 2015 Arizona State signee Zach Robertson. Like Robertson, Davis projects best to guard long term but has the athletic ability to play all over the offensive line. He appears to be a long shot for the Sun Devils at this stage.
Will Farrar is a four-star prospect from Texas who projects best at right tackle or as an interior offensive linemen. He seems to be primarily focusing on LSU, Michigan State, Texas and UCLA right now but Arizona State is still a possibility for him.
It appears to be difficult for schools to lure Oregon-based recruit Alex Forsyth away from his home-state but many programs are trying to do just that. The three-star prospect claims offers from most of the Pac-12. Arizona State is in the group of schools outside of Oregon who are considered to have the best shot with Forsyth.
Three-star Creed Humphrey is considered to be one of the top center prospects in the country by Scout.com. Arizona State in the mix for his commitment but faces stiff competition from home-state Oklahoma as well as Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M.
Phoenix North Canyon’s Austin Jackson is the top ranked in-state prospect and perhaps the top overall prospect on Arizona State’s board this year. The 6-foot-5 left tackle recruit is one the best offensive line prospects in recent Arizona history. He has offers from elite programs all over the country but the Sun Devils appear to have a decent shot at landing him.
Walker Little is the No. 52 overall prospect in the country and the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in Texas according to Scout.com. At 6-foot-7 he has the frame and length to play left tackle. Arizona State appears to be on the outside looking in right now.
Three-star recruit Brett Neilon from Rancho Santa Margarita, California is the top center prospect in the West. Arizona State seems to be long shot for his commitment as of now as he recently told Scout.com that he is focusing on Michigan, USC and Washington.
Ryan Nelson is a three-star prospect and the No. 10 offensive tackle prospect in the West according to Scout.com. He plays left tackle for Buena Park and at 6-foot-5 and around 250 pounds has the frame to add weight. Arizona State is among his top suitors of programs who have offered.
Grant Polley is an intriguing three-star prospect. He was committed to Kansas earlier this year but has reopened his recruitment. Listed as a guard by Scout.com but has excelled as a tackle in high school. As a junior, he was a first-team, all-state class 5A selection. He was also selected to the all-area and all-district teams.
Michigan based recruit Jordan Reid listed a top-5 of Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee in April. While he seems to still be considering other schools he does seem to favoring staying in-state. He plays tackle now but projects as a guard.
ASU head coach Todd Graham made a strong impression with three-star prospect Michael Richardson who has had a busy spring adding multiple offers. Utah’s top ranked offensive tackle prospect according to Scout.com has received offers from Arizona, BYU, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Utah State in addition to Arizona State.
Junior college tackle prospect Ronald Rudd played defensive line at Miller (Fontana, Calif.) High School. He has played left tackle for Chaffey and is on track to graduate in December and enroll at the college of his choice in January. Along with ASU, Baylor, Kansas State, Louisville and Missouri are some of the Power-5 schools who have reportedly offered.
Cesar Ruiz plays for arguably one of the most talented high school programs in the country at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 2 center in the country but he could play all over the offensive front. Arizona State is a long-shot for him at this point.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, native Badara Traore enrolled at Nassau C.C. after failing to qualify out of high school. He started at left tackle last season. ASU was one of his first Power-5 offers, since then Arkansas, Baylor, Louisville, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and, Iowa State have all reportedly offered.
Alijah Vera-Tucker is the top ranked offensive tackle in California according to Scout.com. The four-star prospect has already made an unofficial visit to Arizona State. He has stated that the Pac-12 programs are recruiting him the hardest but he also has interest in Michigan and Nebraska.
California based recruit Andrew Vorhees has shown a lot of interest in Arizona State thus far as he has made three unofficial visits to Tempe. He has stated that ASU and Washington State are the schools which have been recruiting him the hardest. He plans on making official visits before making a commitment.
Isaiah Wilson is the No. 2 offensive tackle prospect in the East according to Scout.com. Arizona State is a long-shot for the four-star recruit’s commitment as he seems to be concentrating on Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan and USC.