Arizona State has several interchangeable options with remaining eligibility at Bandit and Spur on its current roster. At Spur, juniors Marcus Ball and Koron Crump are competing for the starting position. Senior Laiu Moeakiola is lining up at field safety in preseason camp, but he's the only player we project to Bandit/Spur the Sun Devils are going to lose after this season. He'll start somewhere in the ASU secondary.
We expect Arizona State to sign at least one prospect who projects to Bandit/Spur in its 2017 recruiting class, and possibly two. Already the Sun Devils have one commitment, Ty Thomas, and as a a result can be very selective with adding a second player who projects here.
Arizona State picked up a commitment Ty Thomas in June after he decommitted from Oklahoma State. Thomas' primary position is likely to be Bandit but he also could possibly play field safety. The Opening regional he attended saw him finish No. 1 among safeties with a Nike Training score of 113.43.
Sacramento (Calif.) Inderkum defensive back Trajon Cotton is a three-star prospect who is considering Arizona State at this moment. In July he told Scout.com that he was focusing on Colorado, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State, Nebraska and Utah.
Oklahoma based three-star prospect Evan Fields claims an offer from Arizona State as well as Houston, Kansas State and Memphis, among others. He reportedly has transformed his body dramatically this offseason and could be someone who moves up in the rankings. He could play either Bandit or Spur.
Arizona State was the first offer for Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei linebacker Fa'avae Fa'avae. He is the nephew of former ASU and NFL running back J.R. Redmond. As a junior, Fa'avae recorded 59 tackles with 11 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He projects best to Spur.
Todd Harris attracted national attention when he committed to his own high school in July. The Louisiana based four-star prospect is a longshot for the Sun Devils. At this time he is considering Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
Connor Heyward is another Sun Devil recruit with NFL bloodlines. His father, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward played for 11 seasons and his brother Cameron is with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has talked about visiting Arizona State. He projects to Spur.
With three of his high school teammates already committed to ASU, Saguaro safety K.J. Jarrell is going to have a hard time passing on the Sun Devils but he has options. Washington and USC are in the mix as well.
Taylor Katoa is a high school quarterback who will most likely transition to outside linebacker in college. The Utah based recruit projects to Spur in Arizona State’s system. He has not talked much about the Sun Devils and is probably headed elsewhere.
Isaiah Pola-Mao also has NFL bloodlines as he is a cousin of former Pittsburgh Steeler safety Troy Polamalu. The Mountain Pointe prospect plays wide receiver and safety now but at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds as high school senior he is going to grow into a linebacker at the next level.