2017 SunDevilSource Recruiting Big Board: All Arizona State top targets in one location
Ryan Kelley is the No. 16 ranked quarterback prospect nationally and No. 237 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.
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. He is being recruited to ASU by Jay Norvell and Chip Lindsey.
ASU became the first school to offer Jared Poplawski in November following the Territorial Cup game against Arizona. Still, he held off on making a commitment in order to let everything settle on him. In the interim he picked up more scholarship offers, including Colorado, Louisville, Memphis and Oregon State. He is being recruited to ASU by Del Alexander and Chip Lindsey
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 is being recruited to ASU by Chris Thomsen and Chip Lindsey.
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 Devil backer or defensive end for the Sun Devils.
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.
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 is being recruited to ASU by Keith Patterson.
Arizona State has one running back committed and will probably only take another prospect if it loses a current commitment or an elite prospect is willing to commit to the program, but it's in good shape here numbers wise already.
Arizona State has one wide receiver committed at this time and has added two young transfers this offseason after a large 2016 class. We expect the Sun Devils to try to land one more receiver but they can be very selective here with double digit returners already in the fold for 2017 baring attrition.
After signing Jared Bubak as an early enrollee in 2016 the Sun Devils already have Jared Poplawski committed in 2017. They could however take one more tight end but it's not a pressing need.
Arizona State has one interior offensive line prospect committed. It will look to probably only add two or three offensive line prospects in this class total and the others it signs have to be able to play tackle because that's the biggest need moving forward.
We expect ASU to sign multiple defensive line recruits and would not be surprised if it signs at least one junior college prospect. This is one of the biggest remaining needs from a numbers standpoint for the Sun Devils in 2017 recruiting even though there's good talent established at the top.
Arizona State has two prospects committed who project at Devil backer though Loren Mondy could move to defensive end or even SAM linebacker. We expect ASU to still look at add to the position, particularly with three locals who had early offers still on the board.
Though they're talented here, they have veteran players and we project the Sun Devils to bring in at least one inside linebacker and maybe a second if they are able to land two quality prospects in the 2017 class, to build some depth for future.
We expect Arizona State to sign at least one prospect who projects to Bandit/Spur in its 2017 recruiting class and Ty Thomas is already on board. There's a possibility that number increases to two or even three if elite recruits respond. Here is a look at the uncommitted recruits with ASU offers who project to Bandit/Spur.
We expect ASU to add three to four prospects at cornerback/field safety in this class as this is one of the biggest areas of need from a numbers standpoint in addition to the defensive line, and particularly in light of ASU's efforts to get more athletic in its secondary.
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