Recruiting Roundup

19 verbal commits, less than a handful of scholarships available, and only ten days until signing day. To say that recruiting season for ASU is coming down to the wire would be an understatement. Devils Digest talked on Sunday to some of the team's prospects such as Brandon Smith, Jameon Hardeman, and Raphael Ieru and brings you the latest on them and other Arizona State recruiting targets as we come down the stretch towards Letter of Intent Day.

DeMarcus Granger – a perfect example to the turbulent nature of recruiting. All indications the last few weeks were that the only two schools this five-star prospect would consider were ASU and Okalahoma. In breaking news earlier tonight, reported that the blue chipper is currently visiting Oklahoma State. Furthermore, the fact that Granger started his visit on Saturday and not on Friday, the traditional day for visits to begin, may imply the dramatic turn of events in his recruitment. Nevertheless, his decision wasn't going to me made until the beginning of next week, and despite the Cowboys entering the picture, the timing of his verbal commitment will likely to remain the same.

Jameon Hardeman – package deal or no package deal with Granger, he's still coveted by the maroon and gold. In a conversation with DevilsDigest Sunday he said: "I'm gonna make my decision on signing day. I'm gonna chose between ASU, Oklahoma State, and Tennessee. I don't know if I'm gonna go to the same school as Granger." We still suspect that he will follow Granger, in the event that Granger would choose ASU or Oklahoma State. We do however believe that he won't make his decision before Granger does.

Brandon Smith – another very undecided Sun Devil prospect, who will likely end the suspense in a few days. "I'm gonna decide sometime this week, " he told DevilsDigest on Sunday, "but I'm not sure what day. It's between ASU and Washington." In another interview Sunday with's Scott Eklund, Smith who's considered a soft verbal to the Huskies, did hold UW's academics and facilities in a higher regard than ASU's but was on the other hand bothered by the fact that newly appointed coach Ty Willingham is still assembling his staff, and hasn't hired a wide receivers coach or an offensive coordinator yet.

Raphael Ieru – out of all the prospects mentioned in this article, is the most likely to commit to ASU. He affirmed that notion when Devils Digest talked to him earlier today. "I'm still leaning towards ASU," He said. "Coach Koetter is coming to my house on Thursday, and I won't make a decision before then." Ieru just visited his other suitor hometown University of Hawaii. While he enjoyed that visit, his affinity to the Sun Devils has been going on for quite some time, and could eventually see him land in Tempe. Ieru favors being recruited as a defensive lineman, and ASU is recruiting him as such, as well as an offensive lineman.

Shawn Lauvao – A fellow Aloha State player of Ieru. Not much has been said of him through out the recruiting season, but Devils Digest has learned that he will receive an in-home visit prior to Ieru. Thus, he's very much on the maroon and gold recruiting radar. We hope to catch up with him later this week, and find out where ASU falls in his recruiting picture.

E.J. Savannah – the stud linebacker from Washington still lists ASU in his top three, but he's still considered a lean to the hometown Huskies. Furthermore, he's all but certain to be a package deal with running back and high school teammate J.R. Hasty, who practically eliminated ASU from consideration. Thus, Savannah committing to ASU may the biggest shocker of them all for the 2005 recruiting class.

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