Wide receiver is a position group that Arizona State addressed heavily last off-season. The Sun Devils signed four high school receivers in the 2016 class and added a pair of Division I transfers, Ryan Newsome from Texas and John Humphrey from Oklahoma.
The Sun Devils lose Tim White and Frederick Gammage from this year's team but have as many as ten others set to return. Cameron Smith and Ellis Jefferson will be fifth-year seniors next fall but neither player contributed much this year, with Smith still recovering from the knee injury that sidelined him in 2015.
Freshman standout N’Keal Harry broke the school's all-time records for catches and receiving yards by a freshman this year. He's posited to be among the top wide receivers in the league as a sophomore.
Sophomore Jalen Harvey was a starter when healthy this season. Newsome and Humphrey have impressed ASU personnel in practices this year and should immediately impact the offense. Kyle Williams played in a limited capacity as a true freshman and his role should expand quite a bit in 2017.
After Harry, Harvey, Williams, Newsome, Humphrey and perhaps Smith, the Sun Devils will have two players coming off redshirts: Frank Darby and Jeremy Smith. They also have talented redshirt freshman Terrell Chatman, a player who could emerge at some point.
As a result of its overall talent and youth -- seven players who will be sophomores or freshmen next year -- at wide receiver, ASU doesn't have a big need at the position in 2017 recruiting.
Mesa Mountain View prospect Curtis Hodges is the Sun Devils' one commitment. At 6-foot-7, Hodges is a unique prospect who figures to be a project for receivers coach Jay Norvell. ASU's never had someone as tall as Hodges at the position.
ASU has only hosted one receiver prospect for an official visit, junior college recruit Stephen Guidry. It can be selective because of the numbers at the position on the roster and we expect ASU to add one more wide receiver in the class, perhaps two at a maximum.