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ASU hosting huge recruiting weekend led by elite locals Austin Jackson, Isaiah Pola-Mao

After a quiet in-season visit schedule, Arizona State has lined up an excellent roster of recruits to be on its Tempe campus this weekend.

Arizona State's coaching staff will host perhaps its most important recruiting weekend of the year starting Friday. 

Elite in-state targets Austin Jackson and Isaiah Pola-Mao headline the list of official visitors expected to be on ASU's campus.

Jackson, 6-foot-5, 275 pounds, is the No. 30 overall prospect and No. 6 offensive tackle in the 2017 class. The Phoenix North Canyon High standout has already officially visited Oregon, USC and Washington. Michigan and Texas A&M still remain in the picture at some level. The Trojans and Sun Devils have been considered by those close to Jackson to be the favorites in his recruitment.

Pola-Mao, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, is ranked No. 123 overall and No. 11 at safety in the class. He had a team-high 100 tackles as a senior at Phoenix Mountain Pointe and is considered a Bandit/Spur prospect for the Sun Devils. Pola-Mao has already visited Washington and is also seriously considering Cal, Michigan, Notre Dame, and USC in addition to the Sun Devils. ASU, Washington and USC are the three schools most prominently mentioned in association with his decision-making process.

Jackson and Pola-Mao aren't the only elite prospects who will be on ASU's campus.

Former five-star 2015 class quarterback Blake Barnett is also going to be in Tempe for an official trip, just weeks after the former Alabama signal caller was in Tempe for an unofficial visit. 

Barnett, who transferred after four games last year at Alabama to Palomar College in San Marcos, California, is also seriously considering Cal, Oregon and Washington State, according to sources close to his recruitment.

Unless he wins an appeal, Barnett would have to sit out four games at the beginning of the 2017 season according to published reports. He would have three years of eligibility and could transfer to his next college as soon as January.

Gilbert Williams Field High kicker Brandon Ruiz, an Alabama commit, is also expected to visit ASU officially this weekend. Ruiz made 17 of his 20 field goal attempts as a senior, including a long of 58 yards. He converted 66 of 67 PATs and also had a punt average of 41.5 yards.

Amaud Willis-Dalton, a 6-foot-0, 195 pound outside linebacker prospect at Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, Texas, is the lone out-of-state official visit to ASU on the defensive side of the ball this weekend. It will be his first such recruiting trip. He is reportedly also considering Cal, Duke, Illinois, Minnesota and West Virginia.

ASU is also expected to host Randal Grimes. A 6-foot-5, 210 pound wide receiver at Las Vegas Desert Pines High, Grimes was committed to USC at an early stage of his recruitment. Grimes is the No. 62 wide receiver prospect nationally and No. 10 in the West.  He has already been on ASU's campus, having camped at the school earlier this year.

Currently, the Sun Devils have eight known commitments in the 2017 class. Their last pledge came on July 29, so it's been more than four months since they last added someone to the recruiting class. 

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