AZ's Best Represented Well in ASU's Class

It has become routine as a triple digit temperature day in July. The Sun Devils' new recruiting class will have a healthy representation of the best high school players in the Grand Canyon state. Here's a run down of the six local prep stars scheduled to sign a Letter of Intent with the hometown team on Wednesday.

Jermaine Williams – coming into the 2006 recruiting season, there was no doubt which Phoenix-area player was at the top of Arizona State's (and Arizona's for that matter) wish list. The Maryvale defensive end opened many eyes with a 12 sack and 80 tackle junior campaign, which ironically paled in comparison to his 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns production at fullback.

He may have seen a decrease in his sack numbers this last season (down to three), but increased his tackle total to 97. He helped the Panthers go undefeated in their league games and normally commanded the attention of two offensive linemen on most snaps. Williams has made a name for himself nationally, as he is ranked as Scout.com's 7th best defensive end nationally and was part of the prestigious 2006 Army All-American Bowl. Williams will come in and bolster an ASU defensive line in need of help.

Brantwon Bowser – the Maryvale defensive back (pictured) was always linked to teammate Williams and sure enough he decided shortly after his good friend's commitment to join the Sun Devils' ranks as well. Bowser is considered a bit raw in talent. However, his physical abilities, such as his 39-inch vertical, were never in question. He wrapped up a solid senior season which saw him collect 57 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Bowser showed promising skills as kick returner, averaging 24 yards a return. Just like Williams, he finished on the Arizona Republic's 5A All-State second team.

Jon Hargis – much like fellow defensive lineman Jermaine Williams, this Red Mountain High School star (pictured)also turned heads back in the 2004 season. As a junior, he had 81 tackles, 10 quarterback hurries, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and one blocked field goal. These accomplishments landed him on the first team all-state selection - the only junior in Arizona to receive this honor. He repeated that selection as s senior, a year in which his team won their own league. In 2005 he tallied 81 tackles, four sacks, and one fumble recovery. A 6-4 302, Hargis already has the defensive tackle build. With a bit of seasoning, he can be an integral part of ASU's front four for years to come.

Kyle Williams – The Chaparral High School running back (pictured)is the only offensive in-state player part of the Sun Devils' class. Suffice to say that ASU hit a home run with this scoring juggernaut, who also happens to be an accomplished baseball player. The Arizona Republic's 4A Player of the Year carried his team to a league title and came close to helping the Firebirds land in the state finals. During any given game, Williams would touch the pigskin more than a dozen times, and rarely were the results anything but positive. In 2005 he rushed for 1,089 yards, caught 30 balls for 525 yards, had 680 yards in both kick and punt returns and scored 30 touchdowns. He may likely end up as a receiver with the Sun Devils, and the comparisons to current ASU all-purpose player Rudy Burgess are bound to take place starting in fall camp.

Gerald Munns – the only state champion of the 2006 recruiting class, and his Hamilton Huskies were close to an unprecedented three-peat as they lost a close state final to Brophy last December. Arguably the best linebacker in Arizona. In his senior year he collected 131 tackles, four sacks, seven interceptions, and four fumble recoveries. Voted All-State 5A first team by both the Arizona Republic and the Arizona High School Coaches Association. First team All-Fiesta Region as a senior and second team All-Fiesta Region as a junior. At 6-3 220 can easily grow into a bruising middle linebacker or possibly a defensive lineman down the road.

Matt Mosley – his commitment to ASU has been under a veil of secrecy ever since reports of it started to surface early in the 2005 season. We do however expect the Corona Del Sol defensive back (pictured) to sign on the dotted line and fax his LOI up Rural Road to the Tempe campus on Wednesday. In his senior season he amassed 37 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one interception returned 97 yards for a touchdown. He also had 121 yards of kick returns. On offense he scored five touchdowns on 251 yards rushing and 241 yards receiving.

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