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Arizona State priority recruiting targets: Bandit / Spur

With a need to increase its talent and athleticism at safety, Arizona State is deeply involved with several of the state's best players. Here's a look at how the Bandit and Spur positions look in recruiting.

Arizona State used multiple players at the both Bandit and Spur positions in 2016, with mixed results. Laiu Moeakiola, a mainstay defender who mainly played Spur, has exhausted his eligibility. Marcus Ball, ASU's starting Bandit for much of the season, will return for his senior year in 2017. He's able to play both positions but has performed better at Bandit.

The Sun Devils return a handful of other players with experience from a team that has finished last nationally in consecutive seasons in passing defense. J'Marcus Rhodes started out as a cornerback last season before moving to safety and could be an option at Bandit in his senior season. Tyler Whiley got an opportunity at Spur early in the season with the first-team but was eventually buried on the depth chart.

Junior college transfer Deion Guignard was a late addition to the 2016 class and saw limited playing time at Spur. He could compete for a starting spot in the year ahead but is someone who needs to be closer to the line of scrimmage. Chad Adams and James Johnson will be seniors and though they have a lot of experience, they are reserve type talents and the Sun Devils are looking at this 2017 recruiting class to elevate their overall athleticism at the position. 

2017 recruit Ty Thomas is set to enroll at ASU for the spring semester. Thomas' primary position is likely to be Bandit but he also could possibly play field safety. The Sun Devils are still actively recruiting multiple prospects who project to either Bandit or Spur, including a pair of four-star in-state recruits.

Phoenix Mountain Pointe’s Isaiah Pola-Mao has already made an official visit to ASU. He has the potential to come in and compete for a starting spot as a freshman as long as his injured shoulder allows it. Scottsdale Saguaro safety K.J. Jarrell, who could also play field safety, is also a player who could see immediate action. Jarrell is expected to officially visit this month.

Oklahoma high school recruit Evan Fields also has taken an official visit to ASU. He just set a commitment date of January 30th. He has the Sun Devils high on his list but has seen his offer list expand over the last month or so and will take more visits before his announcement.

Four-star Todd Harris from Louisiana just put ASU in his Top-4 but he still would seem to be long shot for the Sun Devils with SEC powers Alabama and home state LSU under consideration.

Amaud Willis-Dalton is another prospect who has made an official to Arizona State. He has apparently not taken any other visits thus far.

We expect Arizona State to sign at least two 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 three if the elite recruits ASU is targeting respond. Here is a look at the recruits with ASU offers who project to Bandit/Spur.

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