After finishing last in the country in passing defense in 2015, Arizona State signed four cornerback/field safety recruits in its 2016 recruiting class. The unit is set to lose three players to graduation after the season: De'Chavon Hayes and Bryson Echols, who are competing for starting spots at cornerback, and reserve Eric Lauderdale.
ASU would like to get increasingly more athletic across its secondary via recruiting efforts. This is particularly at field safety spot, where the Sun Devils need to have more speed and coverage ability to allow head coach Todd Graham to effectively play his attacking heavy blitzing style. We expect ASU to add three to four prospects at cornerback/field safety in this class, as it remains one of the biggest areas of need.
Louisiana defensive back JaCorian Andrews is a recent offer from Arizona State. He could play either field safety or cornerback. He has expressed a desire to play out of state which could benefit a school like ASU. He also claims offers from Mississippi State, Missouri and Tennessee, among others.
Arizona State offered Louisiana based prospect Terrell Bailey earlier this spring. He is a physical defensive back who could play either cornerback or safety. ASU made his Top-9 earlier this summer and he expects to make an official visit to Tempe this fall.
Las Vegas Bishop Gorman four-star Bubba Bolden is one of Arizona State’s top targets this cycle. The 6-foot-2 200-pounder, who has made multiple unofficial visits to ASU, decommitted from USC in July and has the Sun Devils at the top of his list. He is also considering Colorado, Florida, Ole Miss and UCLA.
Langston Frederick visited Arizona State in July and was offered by the Sun Devils. The Texas cornerback is also considering Michigan State where he also visited this summer. In addition to offers from the Sun Devils and Spartans, he also claims offers from Iowa State, Minnesota and Missouri, among others.
Buena Park High School cornerback Elijah Gates is four-star prospect who has talked much about Arizona State of late. He recently told Scout.com that he is not prepared to cut his list yet. The California recruit is considering Pac-12 and some Big-12 programs.
DeAngelo Gibbs is a five-star prospect who is one of the most impressive recruits in the country. He could play all over the field but would probably play cornerback or safety for Arizona State. The Sun Devils appear to be on the outside looking in for his pledge at this time.
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) defensive back Thomas Graham is a four-star prospect who projects best to safety at the next level. He has family in Tempe, unofficially visited Arizona State this summer and is considering returning this fall on an official visit.
Three-star prospect Elijah Hicks from La Mirada, California, has an impressive offer list. He has not talked much about Arizona State of late but still has the Sun Devils under consideration. It might be hard to get him out of California with offers from both UCLA and USC.
Darnay Holmes is a longshot for Arizona State at this time. The five-star recruit is the No. 1 ranked cornerback in the country according to Scout.com. Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State are some of the programs he seems to be narrowing in on.
Jaylon Johnson put Arizona State in his his Top-7 in July. The 6-foot-2 190-pounder projects to boundary corner or field safety for the Sun Devils. USC, Oklahoma, Georgia, Arizona, Cal and Utah are his other top contenders. He said he is definitely visiting USC, Oklahoma and Georgia and his last two visits will come from the remaining four.
Four-star defensive back prospect Elijah Molden is the son of former NFL and Oregon cornerback Alex Molden. The Ducks are the presumed favorite for his commitment but do not count out Stanford for his pledge.
Jeffrey Okudah is a five-star prospect who is the No.1 ranked athlete in the country. We think he projects best to safety but he can play anywhere in the secondary in college. The Texas based recruit is focused on schools such as Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC at this time.
Alex Perry is a former Arizona State commitment and brother of ASU safety Armand Perry. While most prospects who decommit from a school rarely re-commit, ASU does appear to be the strong leader for the four-star cornerback who is expected to make a decision sooner rather than later.
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) four-star prospect Jaylon Redd released a Top-8 in July and the Sun Devils made the cut along with Arizona, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and USC. He is the No. 8 ranked cornerback in the West.
Blinn College defensive back Ben Sutton claims an offer from Arizona State as well as Cincinnati. He has kept a low profile with media thus far. He was an honorable mention for the Southwest Junior College Football Conference team, the same league as 2016 ASU signee J’Marcus Rhodes.