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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 after sitting out ASU's first four games in 2017. He is planning to enroll at ASU for the spring semester. He was recruited to ASU by offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tyler Johnson is considered the No. 1 tight end in the state of Arizona and the No. 13 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.
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.
Alex Perry, the brother of ASU sophomore safety Armand Perry, is the sixth-ranked cornerback in the West, the 15th ranked cornerback in the country, and the 151st 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.
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.
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 try to sign multiple defensive line recruits and would not be surprised if it signs at least one junior college prospect.
Arizona State has two prospects committed who project at Devil backer. We expect ASU to still look at add to the position.
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.