The time has come to release our 2017 Arizona State Big Board, which is regularly updated look at the Sun Devils' top recruiting targets in one handy location. This year we've included a premium podcast for subscribers that accompanies the release of the Big Board which you can listen to here.
Arizona State Commitments
Former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett chose to transfer to ASU over Cal, Oregon and Washington State. Barnett, a former 5-star recruit and the No. 2 overall quarterback recruit from the Class of 2015, chose to transfer after four games this season which makes him eligible to play in 2017. He has enrolled at ASU for the spring semester. He was recruited to ASU by offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
Ryan Kelley is the No. 18 ranked quarterback prospect nationally and No. 284 overall recruit in the country, he gave the Sun Devils his pledge over Oregon (where he was committed to for a time), Texas A&M and UCLA. At the time of his commitment the 6-foot-4 184-pounder was the highest ranked high school commit in the class for ASU. He is being recruited to ASU by offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
A 5-foot-10, 203-pounder, Benjamin is the No. 10 overall running back prospect in the 2017 class by Scout. He is also the current overall top-ranked commitment in the class for the Sun Devils. In his career at Wylie East he rushed for over 7,500 yards. In 13 games as a senior, Benjamin had 2,604 yards rushing, an average of just over 200 yards per game. He also rushed for over 2,000 yards as a high school junior. He is enrolled at ASU
Three-star Trelon Smith chose Arizona State over offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Houston, Illinois, Purdue, SMU, Colorado State, Texas State, UTSA and Tulsa. As a junior, the 5-foot-8, 181 pound Smith was the Offensive MVP for District 17 at the 6A level, leading the region with 1,807 rushing yards, 228 carries and 17 touchdowns. He is being recruited to ASU by Shawn Slocum and John Simon.
Curtis Hodges, nearly 6-foot-8 and 216 pounds, is a wide receiver at Mesa Mountain View and former two-sport standout who decided this year to focus entirely on football. Previously Hodges had been generating Division I interest as a basketball prospect as well. As a junior Hodges had 49 catches for 545 yards with seven touchdowns. He had also reportedly received a scholarship offer from Iowa State.
Mark Walton, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect, chose ASU over reported scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, San Diego State and Vanderbilt. Walton visited Florida Atlantic and Vanderbilt. In his final season at Cibola, Walton played tight end and outside linebacker, recording 39 receptions for 690 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Corey Stephen currently ranks as the No. 10 offensive guard prospect in the West. He committed to ASU over a slew of Ivy League and other high-academic offers. He'll apply to ASU's Barrett Honors College, and with a reported 4.4 grade-point average, appears to be a great candidate. He was being recruited to ASU by Chris Thomsen and Chip Lindsey.
Originally a member of the 2016 class out of Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Davidson signed with the University of Central Florida in February of this year, but didn't initially qualify academically. Instead of going to a junior college, Davidson elected to continue taking coursework in an effort to enroll at a Division I program in January. Now, he'll be able to do just that, and at his hometown college. The Sun Devils are getting a player who had 67 tackles, 19.5 for a loss and 5.5 sacks while helping Desert Ridge to a Division I state championship berth in 2015.
The 6-foot-1, 296-pound Shannon Forman chose ASU over two finalists, Missouri and Tulane. Forman also received offers from Arkansas State, Colorado and Troy. He was primarily recruited to the Sun Devils by assistant coach John Simon. Forman is a converted fullback who played defensive tackle full-time for the first time in 2016.
Tyler Johnson is considered the No. 1 tight end in the state of Arizona and the No. 11 tight end in the country by Scout, Johnson told SunDevilSource in early December his preference is to play on the defensive side of the ball. Johnson reportedly received scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Pitt, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Washington. His father, Bill Johnson played defensive line for Michigan State and in the NFL for eight seasons.
Kyle Soelle projects as a Devil backer for Arizona State. A 6-foot-3, 220 pound outside linebacker who will play at Scottsdale Saguaro High as a senior after being a two-way standout at Notre Dame Prep last season, Soelle had 21.5 tackles and 3.5 sacks last season at Notre Dame Prep, while playing extensively on offense as a running back and receiver.
Loren Mondy has been committed to Arizona State for over three years now. The early decision came because Mondy's father, Michael Mondy, played for Graham in high school and Graham's first college job at East Central University, where Graham was defensive coordinator from 1991-93. The No. 8 ranked outside linebacker prospect in Texas projects to linebacker or defensive end for the Sun Devils.
Evan Fields is a four-star safety prospect who projects as Bandit/Spur for ASU. He was recruited to ASU by Keith Patterson and T.J. Rushing. Fields racked up 81 tackles and two interceptions in a seven game senior season, averaging an 11.57 tackles per game. He chose ASU over Kansas State, Notre Dame, Oregon, TCU and UCLA.
K.J. Jarrell, a four-star defensive back who projects as a Bandit/Spur prospect, is the ninth local player from the state of ASU to commit to the Sun Devils' 2017 recruiting class. Jarrell is the fifth-ranked safety in the West and the fifth-ranked recruit in the state of Arizona. He is fourth Scottsdale Saguaro product to commit to ASU this year.
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 and No. 1 among safeties at 113.43. He was recruited to ASU by Keith Patterson and is already enrolled.
The 5-foot-10, 174-pound prospect chose ASU over reported scholarship offers from multiple Power 5 conference schools including Michigan State, Iowa State, Minnesota and Missouri as well as Group of Five options that included Houston and Texas San-Antonio.
Alex Perry, the brother of ASU sophomore safety Armand Perry, is the sixth-ranked cornerback in the West, the 16th ranked cornerback in the country, and the 144th ranked Class of 2017 recruit nationally. The Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada) product committed to ASU ahead of reported offers from Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Oklahoma and Utah.
Brandon Ruiz had initially committed to Alabama in June of 2016, but the Sun Devils continued to recruit the local prospect throughout his senior season and into 2017. During his senior season, Ruiz converted on 17-of-20 field goal attempts with a long of 58 yards and also made 66-of-67 PATs. Ruiz also registered 88 touchbacks this season.