Thursday, February 3, 2011
Arizona State recruiting wrap
By Ted Miller
Arizona State Sun Devils
The 2011 class
Recruits: 14, 12 high school players and two from junior colleges
Top prospects: Mo Latu could immediately be in the mix at defensive tackle (or he could end up on the O-line). Gary Chambers is an intriguing prospect at receiver. Michael Eubank and Michael Bercovici, who's already in school, should provide depth at quarterback. Josh Hubner is the favorite to win the punting job.
Needs met: The Sun Devils signed three defensive linemen, three offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, two linebackers, a punter, cornerback, safety and receiver. The had needs at linebacker, punt and QB, so those needs were hit, despite a small signing class due to a small class of graduating seniors.
Analysis: While hopes are high for the Sun Devils in 2011 -- they are the frontrunners in the Pac-12 South -- this class is underwhelming. Arizona mostly beat the Sun Devils in-state, and Utah lured away WR/DB Quinton Pedroza, who had been committed. Running back Ka'Deem Carey chose Arizona, while DL Todd Peat took a last-minute turn to Nebraska. The Sun Devils recent on-field struggles and questions about coach Dennis Erickson's future with the program probably hurt.
ESPN recruiting grade: C