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SunDevilSource: Hot-11 Arizona State players at spring conclusion

It's a wire-to-wire finish atop our final spring Hot-11 for a player who has yet to take a single snap in a college football game. Several walk-ons also made the cut. Here's a look at our most impressive performers from the second-half of Arizona State's spring football schedule relative to expectations.

1. John Humphrey Jr. -- We listed the speedy wide receiver atop our mid-spring Hot-11 and Humphrey made us look good for doing so with a dominant Spring Game performance that included four touchdown grabs. Last year as a scout team participant we didn't get a great look at Humphrey because he had to sit out the year post-transfer. That meant very limited reps in August upon arrival. Now it's clear that he's poised to be the Sun Devils' top perimeter big play threat other than sophomore N'Keal Harry and a very capable bookend to the team's signature receiving weapon. We haven't seen the type of speed that Humphrey possesses in recent years at ASU. It's the type of asset that should allow him to separate from defensive backs on a variety of routes. Importantly, Humphrey made contested catches in the Spring Game. If he can translate that to the season, it could be a big initial season in Tempe. 

2. Steve Miller -- A lightbulb that has flickered in the past is starting to burn brighter and more consistently. Miller is one of the higher upside sophomores on the roster, a player who has the size and athleticism to easily project to the NFL level if he develops to his potential. At 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds he has a well proportioned frame for the position. He pairs that with great foot speed and range for an offensive guard of his size. He is exactly the type of young player ASU wants at this position in the offense it will use this year, as Miller can get out quickly and cover ground in the team's blocking schemes, which can demanding in some of the concepts. Miller's got to continue to get better with his hands, both in terms of quickness and precision. 

3. Chad Adams -- Ask ASU's coaches which of the team's safeties made the best impression during the spring and Adams is going to be the first player mentioned. Granted, returning field safety starter Armand Perry was out of action for the spring post-surgery, and returning Bandit starter Marcus Ball was extremely limited as a precaution due to a medical issue. As a result, Adams didn't have a lot of experienced competition to be measured against. Even so, the senior earned high marks from ASU staff, especially first-year coordinator Phil Bennett. Adams' athleticism hasn't fully translated to the field to this point in his career, but perhaps he's in a great place heading into his final year of action. The question now is whether Adams could start alongside Perry and Ball, and whether that would involve Ball moving to Spur. 

4. Gil'Scott Jackson -- Quite possibly ASU's most athletic walk-on, Jackson looked very fresh and quick in the Spring Game. A redshirt freshman out of powerhouse Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, the 5-foot-10, 186 pound back had 1,631 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns with a 9.3 yard-per-carry average in 2015 for an 11-1 team. Jackson is much better than the typical walk-on, and to our eye looks like a scholarship-caliber player. It doesn't mean he's got a path to game reps in 2017 given that ASU has seniors Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage returning, and a well-regarded third-string Nick Ralston. But could Jackson play effectively at this level? We think it's very possible. At minimum, he's a terrific walk-on depth option. 

5. Michael Sleep-Dalton -- Due to the Sun Devils' media policy we didn't get to see Sleep-Dalton punt at all for most of the spring schedule. But when we finally did, it was clear that he'd made significant strides from last season, particularly with his consistency. Last season there were too many mediocre punts mixed in with some really good ones. At the conclusion of spring ball, Sleep-Dalton appeared to be more refined with his drops and striking of the ball. He was already capable of having soaring punts with impressive hang time and good distance, but now it's happening more consistently in a practicing setting. ASU got good performance from Matt Haack at the position in the last couple seasons, and Sleep-Dalton will look to carry on without much of a drop off. 

6. Tyler McClure-- ASU's fifth-year senior center walk-on simply won't go away. More than that, he's only getting better. Last year in spring ball McClure got first-team practice reps pretty frequently after the departure of two-year starter Nick Kelly. Junior college transfer A.J. McCollum wasn't eligible to practice in the spring and it turned into a lot of time working with the top unit in practices. When the fall rolled around, McClure was bumped down to the third-team, playing behind McCollum and then-senior Stephon McCray, who moved between guard and center depending on the team's needs. But McClure is back this spring competing with McCollum for the first-string spot, and looking good doing it. He's better than McCollum on any type of block requiring range, which is a big part of the ASU offense because there are concepts that allow for the center to get out and run. 

7. Ryan Jenkins -- During a spring post-practice interview with Jenkins, a wide receiver teammate walked past and said, "best route runner on the team." As a fifth year senior walk-on, Jenkins has had a lot of time to work on his craft, and it's showing up. In particular, Jenkins' precision at the top of the route and how he transitions into the break on shorter stemmed concepts is exemplary, and drew the praise of new wide receivers coach Rob Likens at times during the spring. Jenkins also has a big body at 5-foot-11, and uses it well to shield defenders from the ball. He's not a speed receiver, but the Tennessee transfer -- where he had a scholarship -- has shown he can play in the slot or on the perimeter, and knows the schemes, which should give him a good chance at becoming one of the top reserves at the position. 

8. Trevon Smith -- A the spring game it was initially unclear who No. 18 was on the defense. ASU had two walk-ons practicing with the second-team at cornerback during the media observation segments of practices, but neither wore the number. Eventually it became clear that it was most likely Smith, which we confirmed following the session. Smith played last season as a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin, earning one start at cornerback. He decided to transfer to ASU after the program signed his brother, running back Trelon Smith, out of high school. With ASU thin at the cornerback position -- just three scholarship players in the spring -- Trevon Smith showed that he's a legitimate Division I player. Unfortunately for him and ASU, Smith will have to sit out this season post-transfer and the Sun Devils should be deeper and more experienced at cornerback in 2018. 

9. Nick Ralston -- Looking at Ralston now compared to when he arrived at ASU would be quite the contrast. The Sun Devils didn't know how they were going to use Ralston initially and it looked like he'd play inside linebacker or fullback, so he bulked up. But it became clear quickly he's a running back, and so he had to strip a lot of weight to optimize for the position. At 6-foot-0, Ralston told us he's now under 210 pounds as a third-year sophomore, and he's pretty chiseled at that weight thanks to a body composition that would be hardly recognizable compared to a couple of years ago. Ralston is a natural back, with impression feel for space and vision to see the play develop. He is very detail-oriented and executes exactly what he's asked to in a reliable way. Though not the speediest back, Ralston has a lot of energy as a runner and can wear his way through contact. 

10. Cohl Cabral -- Cabral seems to pass every test thrown at him with flying colors and did so again in the spring game, handling any speed that came into his area. Granted, the first-team offense played against back-ups, so Cabral wasn't tested by Koron Crump on the edge, but it doesn't look like anyone on the team is better prepared for such a challenge. After ASU burned his redshirt as a freshman in 2016, Cabral has shifted to left tackle where he's the overwhelming favorite to win the starting job and anchor the team's offensive line into the future.  Cabral boasts high hips, a strong punch at the point of attack and fluid feet, and if he's able to make a significant leap under new offensive line coach Rob Sale, ASU will have solidified its future at a key position. 

11. Das Tautalatasi -- In the second half of spring ball Tautalatasi sort of came out of nowhere to play with the first-team at Bandit. After starting the spring bouncing between Muscle Beach due to an undisclosed injury, and playing at depth in the secondary, Tautalatasi passed true freshman Ty Thomas on the depth chart and carried it through the team's spring game. Initially ASU practiced Tautalatasi at field safety upon arrival in Tempe, but it's clear he's better served at either Bandit or Spur. He's at his best filling against the run and has a lot of pop behind his pads, one of the heavier tackling safeties on the team. There have been questions about Tautalatasi's durability and purpose, as he is also apparently a professional-caliber rising video game player, but he showed that he's still competing with purpose on the gridiron as well. 


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