Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The Early Offer: ASU going out of state
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Todd Graham has done a good job of expanding Arizona State’s recruiting borders, Bret Bielema has Arkansas rolling in state with 2015 prospects and whether Miami fans should be worried about Brad Kaaya’s appearance at a USC practice.
ASU having success beyond its borders
With talent in Arizona under assault from teams all over the country, it’s important for Arizona State coach Todd Graham to have success in other parts of his recruiting footprint. The Sun Devils scored a major out-of-state recruiting victory late last week when four-star defensive end Connor Humphreys (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic) pledged to ASU over finalists Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Washington. Humphreys ranks as the No. 249 player in the country and is the third ESPN 300 prospect to commit to ASU. But more importantly, it’s the seventh state ASU has landed a player from.
Arizona is loaded with high-profile prospects in the 2014 and 2015 classes and out of state programs like Texas A&M, Oklahoma, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford and BYU have already secured commitments from players that rank in the state’s top 25. So with the competition even more difficult than it already it normally, ASU needed to gobble up recruiting victories elsewhere, and so far Graham has hit some home runs in that department.
Hawgs keeping 2015 talent at home
Arkansas has offered four in-state prospects in the Class of 2015, and Razorbacks own pledges from three of them after defensive end Jamario Bell (Junction City, Ark./Junction City) committed this past weekend. With a small amount of SEC-level talent in Arkansas each season, it’s important for Arkansas to keep out of state schools away. It’s a situation Bret Bielema understands all too well from his days at Wisconsin. Much like Arkansas, Wisconsin will never be mistaken for a hotbed of talent. But Bielema did a tremendous job of keeping the good ones at home at Wisconsin, and the early success at Arkansas is a positive sign.
No reason to worry
Miami and USC fans flocked to Twitter Sunday night to debate whether four-star quarterback Brad Kaaya’s appearance at a Trojan practice meant he was not solid with his commitment to the Canes. Kaaya, a long-time Miami pledge from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Prep, tried to put the rumors to rest when he retweeted teammate Donovan Lee’s tweet thanking him for giving him a much-needed ride to the practice. Kaaya went on to later say he was simply helping a friend out and that the Trojans are not actively recruiting him.