Player Capsule: N'Keal Harry
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 220 pounds
Strength coach Shawn Griswold's take: "He's a guy who didn't flinch at any of the things we asked him to do when he got here. He competed every day and has the right attitude. He's the type of guy you can work and he's going to respond. That's what you want with someone who has all of those rankings and everything."
SunDevilSource.com analysis: The highest rated high school signee in Arizona State's 2016 class, Harry became the only player to receiver first-team reps with the offense in base down situations early in camp. Subsequent to that he's continued to rise, even pushing through a taped ankle that led to a green non-contact jersey for a couple practices in the middle of the month.
Harry earned more regular first-team reps in practices this week, a sign that he's going to get a lot of playing time and maybe even start in the team's Sept. 3 opener against Northern Arizona. He's likely to be the only offensive true freshman to play for the Sun Devils this year. Physically, he's more than ready. Harry has gained 10-plus pounds since arriving on campus in the summer for conditioning and is, at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, a great specimen for a fresh-out-of-high school player.
A big athlete with very good movement skills, balance and coordination, Harry can get out and run but isn't someone with elite speed. He has a big catch radius though, makes contested grabs, tracks the football well, and is able to adjust near its arrival. He has good foot dexterity, returns to the ball nicely for someone with great size, and is a true wide receiver.
Most importantly, Harry has self-confidence beyond his years and has a fearlessness that presents a lot of calmness on the practice field. If he's able to transition all of this to a much bigger audience, he has a chance to become one of the most accomplished wide receivers at ASU in recent decades.
Projected depth chart status: Harry is competing for a potential starting nod at the X (split end) position with junior Ellis Jefferson. It appeared through the first three weeks of August that Jefferson was in line to get the opening night start Sept. 3 against Northern Arizona but now it seems like it's close enough that it could go either way. At a minimum, Harry is going to get a lot of opportunity to show what he can do right out of the gate in his first college game. He could even be the team's only true freshman starter on base downs.