2017 Arizona State priority recruiting targets: Defensive line

Defensive line recruiting is important for Arizona State in 2017, with a need to add multiple players for the building of depth and competition. Here's a look at the top targets.

Arizona State signed just one true defensive line recruit, junior college defensive end Christian Hill, in its 2016 class. Even though the Sun Devils graduate just two scholarship players from their defensive line this year, they are expected to address the group as an emphasis in the 2017 class.

It does not look like ASU has got off to a particularly strong start with the current group of uncommitted defensive line prospects but there's an understandable reason for that. With a defensive tackle coach Joe Seumalo in his first year with the program it might take a bit longer for ASU to gain traction with recruits than in recent years. We expect ASU to sign multiple defensive line recruits, perhaps as many as three, and would not be surprised if it signs at least one junior college prospect.


Los Angeles defensive tackle Martin Andrus is Scout.com’s No. 1 ranked defensive tackle prospect in the state. As a senior he totaled 120 tackles and 10 sacks. Arizona State looks to be a long-shot as he seems to favoring the two L.A. schools along with LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oregon.


California’s No. 2 ranked defensive tackle prospect, Popo Aumavae, has offers from 11 of the 12 schools in the Pac-12, Stanford the only one he hasn't received from the conference. Michigan and Nebraska are also involved in his recruitment.


Jacob Callier from Bellflower (Calif.) St John Bosco is an underrated edge rusher who projects as a defensive end for the Sun Devils, though he may be able to play Devil if he stays lean. Reportedly joining ASU in offering are Arizona, Boston College, Hawaii, Nevada and San Jose State. ASU has a legitimate shot here. 


Temple, Texas four-star recruit Taquon Graham currently ranks as the No. 3 defensive end recruit in Texas according to Scout.com. Arizona State seems to be trailing behind some other schools, with Baylor, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and TCU involved. 


Fred Hansard is the No .2 ranked defensive tackle prospect in the East. Arizona State has offered but probably has an outside chance right now behind Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Penn State, Rutgers and Tennessee.


Junior college tackle Ray Lima has Power-5 offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Iowa State and Oregon State. As a freshman last season, Lima led the El Camino with 21.5 tackles for loss while finishing second with seven sacks and he also totaled 59 tackles He is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two.


Louisiana based defensive tackle recruit Phidarian Mathis claims an offer from Arizona State but the four-star prospect seems to favoring staying in the SEC, which a huge offer sheet including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee or Texas A&M.


Greg Rogers, the No. 2-rated defensive tackle in the West for the 2017 class, plans to make a commitment in December after he takes his official visits. Arizona State is involved in his recruitment, as he's been on campus twice but UCLA, USC and Oklahoma are very involved as well. He's cutting to a Top-6 soon.


South Jordan (Utah) Bingham’s Jay Tufele in the No. 3 defensive tackle prospect in the West. At the moment. Arizona State seems to be trailing schools such as Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Utah for the four-star recruit’s pledge.


Eastern Arizona defensive tackle Malik Young claims an offer from Arizona State. As a freshman last season, he finished with 46 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks. Young is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and will have three years to play two.


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