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ASU Signing Day 2012: Beyond The Recruits, Why Todd Graham Deserves An 'A'

ASU landed a solid class of 23 new players on National Signing Day, but factoring in how far Todd Graham has taken this program since December, it becomes all the more remarkable.

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Todd Graham Breaks Down All Twenty-Three New Sun Devils

For any coach, building a well-rounded recruiting class is an exhausting, yearly experience. Now try cram that process into an accelerated course of about 50 days. You would think that Arizona State head coach Todd Graham might describe that using his favorite phrase: "high octane." Instead, Graham used two different words: "not fun."

Still, it's hard not to like what you see from Graham's first recruiting class as the Sun Devils head coach. Twenty-three new players (14 freshman, eight juniors, one sophomore) will don the maroon and gold next season and here's what Graham had to say about each one in his signing day press conference late Tuesday afternoon:

Offensive Lineman

Evan Goodman - Lakeland Senior HS, Fla. - [Goodman] is a guy we think can be an impact player for us...one the most explosive, athletic tackles in the entire country."

Stephon McCray - Bullard HS, Calif. - "We're going to go pretty fast. We need guys that are athletic...Stephon brings a great deal of athleticism and power...can play tackle or kick into the guard position."

William McGehee - Navarro CC, Texas - "[McGehee] is a diamond in the rough that we found...has tremendous potential...a guy that not many people knew about and one that I think will be exciting for you to watch in the years to come."

Tight Ends

Kody Kohl - Mesquite HS, Gilbert - "This guy is tough...I loved sitting in his living room and visiting with him and watching the intensity in this guys eyes...we're excited to see what he's going to be able to do at our [move tight end] position."

Darwin Rogers - Arizona Western College - "He will play our inline tight end position...big, physical athlete...a guy who is a former quarterback."

Runningbacks

D.J. Foster - Saguaro HS, Scottsdale - "Some call him the jewel of our class...I don't know that I've ever met a more dynamic player on film that was so impressive to talk with. This guys character is unbelievable...I'm pretty excited about those 10 touchdown in one game too."

Terrell Davis - Mount Douglas Senior Secondary, Canada - "Will be a three-back type player for us...a very physical runner...we're really proud to have him as part of our class."

Marion Grice - Blinn CC, Texas - "Marion is the number one JC running in America...a guy who is a very physical and explosive runner inside...he provides big play capability."

Wide Receivers

Alonzo Agwuenu - Mt. San Antonio JC - "A big-time deep threat for us...a guy who scored 17 touchdowns."

Josiah Blandin - Long Beach Poly, Calif. - "A guy who has tremendous potential...we like those big, explosive guys on the outside."

Richard Smith - Long Beach Poly, Calif. - "One of the most dynamic guys in this class...he can play our move receiver position."

Defensive Lineman

Jaxon Hood - Hamilton HS, Chandler - "We're really fired up about Jaxon...very powerful...we want to impact the quarterback...this guys is an impact player on the inside...can play three-technique or five-technique."

Milo Jordan - Centennial HS, Calif. - "He's a three-technique....a guy that's really explosive off the football."

Mike Pennel - Scottsdale CC - "Absolutely epitomizes power...a guy that loves this place...you build your defense from the inside out so we're really excited about what his potential is."

Jake Sheffield - College of the Desert, Calif. - "Jake is very, very unique...a guy who he looks up to is Pat Tillman...has two tours in Iraq...really impressed with the discipline and character he brings with him."

Linebackers

Salamo Fiso - Long Beach Poly, Calif. - "A guy who I think is one of the most underrated players in this class...this is a guy who the Sun Devil fans are going to love...sky is the limit...you guys remember that name."

Steffon Martin -Arizona Western College - "4.5 forty guy...plays inside linebacker that can flat run...he's mature and ready to come in and be an impact player for us."

Carlos Mendoza - Oaks Christian HS, Calif. - "A playmaker...our offensive staff and our defensive were arguing over which side of the ball they want him to play on...unbelievable mindset."

Matthew Rowe - Long Beach Poly, Calif. - "A pass rusher...a young man who we think will be really impactful off the edge."

Safeties/Cornerbacks

Chris Young - Arizona Western College - "will play the strong safety/outside linebacker position...an incredible blitzer...you're going to see him come off the edge an awful lot here in the near future."

Viliami Moeakiola - Trinity HS, Texas - "A guy we think can come in and play early...a guy who knows how to win."

Oliver Johnson Pierce College, Calif. - "We're going to play a lot more press coverage...he's a lockdown corner...a guy who we think can come in and help us immediately."

Long Snapper

Easton Wahlstrom - Desert Mountain HS, Scottsdale - "People underestimate the importance of [deep-snapping]...a tremendous athlete...unbelievable at snapping the football."

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Devin Fuller Recruiting: Star Athlete To Visit Arizona Wildcats Next Week, Nebraska, Rutgers In The Hunt

Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats got a bit of a late start on the recruiting class of 2012, but the coaching staff has done an incredible job staying in the picture for one of the nation's best and brightest athletes.

Devin Fuller, who played his senior year of football at Northern Valley Regional High this past season, is a four-star athlete who is being recruited as a quarterback by the UA. With the Wildcats needing a starting quarterback as early as the 2013 season, it makes sense that both parties share a mutual interest.

It is interesting that Rich Rod and Co. will have Fuller on campus mid-week as opposed to over the weekend, when 20+ recruits are expected to take in the facilities and the raucous atmosphere at McKale Center for the primetime ESPN game. All hands on deck for the No. 1 priority in the 2012 class, I suppose.

One would have to imagine the coaching staff will show how they developed Pat White at WVU and Denard Robinson into All-Conference players, who both feature a similar skill set to Mr. Fuller.

Here is some video of the electric playmaker:


Wouldn't it be fun to have this kid calling the plays for three years in Tucson? He could provide a Derrick Williams-like boost to the program should he become a Wildcat.

For more on the Wildcats, head on over to AZ Desert Swarm.

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RB DJ Foster Narrows List: Arizona State And USC In The Mix

Highly-rated RB DJ Foster has narrowed his list of college choices down to two schools, with Arizona State and USC still in play.

Foster, a Scottsdale, AZ native, took an official visit to Arizona State back in November, but the program has undergone substantial change with the firing of head coach Dennis Erickson and subsequent hiring of Todd Graham from the University of Pittsburgh.

According to East Valley Tribune writer Kyle Odegard, the Sun Devils have the inside track on the star back.

"The Trojans are making a late run, and the opportunity to compete for a national championship as a true freshman must be enticing. But Foster has always been a fan of hometown Arizona State and that's probably where he ends up." -- Kyle Odegard, East Valley Tribune

Besides his hometown ties, the case for Foster ending up at Arizona State is further strengthened due to speculation that his high school coach, John Sanders, is likely to be hired to Graham's staff.

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2012 Arizona Football Recruiting: Quarterback Nate Sudfeld Decommits, Still Interested In Wildcats

Quite a few members of the Arizona Wildcats' recruiting class for 2012 have decommitted in recent weeks and four-star quarterback Nate Sudfeld was the latest player to do so. The 6'5, 230 pound quarterback officially opened his recruitment on Thursday and will begin looking at other schools on the west coast. Arizona is not out of the running, although some have questioned how the gunslinger would fit into Rich Rodriguez's read-option offense.

Here is the latest on Sudfeld, courtesy of ESPN and Recruiting Nation.

"I actually made the decision (to decommit) this morning," Sudfeld said. "I'm still going to talk with (Arizona) and they're still going to recruit me but I just felt like it was best to open myself up and not have that ‘commitment' label on me as I go through the process.

"I'm going to visit UCLA (Jan. 20) and they have been recruiting me hard for a while now. They haven't offered me yet but hopefully it happens. I plan to graduate early and that was really the sticking point in me opening things up. I just didn't feel comfortable enrolling early at Arizona right now before I really knew more about the new staff.

While those in Tucson may be frustrated with the lack of recruiting success thus far under coach Rodriguez, they must remember that these last few weeks have been a 'dead period' with high school players. And while the potential loss of Sudfeld will hurt, the gunslinger is not exactly the prototypical quarterback to run the new UA offense.

Sudfeld has said multiple times he hopes to enroll early at whichever school he selects and a decision could come within the next few weeks. Arizona appears to still be in the running; it's just a matter of how comfortable he feels with the new coaching staff in Tucson.

For more on the Wildcats, head on over to AZ Desert Swarm.

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Arizona Football Recruiting Commitment: A.J. Hilliard, LB From Texas

The Arizona Wildcats need to rebuild their front seven very soon, and A.J. Hilliard could be a cornerstone of the new defensive structure. The linebacker from Klein Oak in Texas will be suiting up for the Wildcats in 2012; Brian Perroni of Rivals provided the original story. Hilliard had offers from numerous other schools, including Boise State, Houston, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nevada, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Here are reports on Hilliard's recruiting tape.

  • Rivals: 15th best inside linebacker, 64th best recruit in Texas
  • ESPN: Grade of 78, 53rd best outside linebacker
  • Scout: 68th best outside linebacker

Hilliard is considered a rising star in Texas, and could very well see an upgrade in his rankings at a future point. But this does seem like a solid get for Mike Stoops to help fill up a desperate well of need for Arizona football.

For more on Wildcats recruiting, go to Arizona Desert Swarm.

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Arizona State Football Recruiting: Evan Goodman Commits To Sun Devils

Today is turning out to be a big day for the ASU football program. According to Doug Haller, ASU has received a committment from four-star prospect Evan Goodman after receiving one fom offensive guard Stephon McCray earlier today. Goodman, currently a student at Lakeland High School in Florida, has long been one of ASU's biggest targets for its 2012 class. His commitment should bring much applause to the ASU football staff.

Scouts.com ranks Goodman 17th at offensive linesman. Goodman had visited and talked to schools such as Notre Dame, Auburn, Nebraska, LSU and Florida. In the end, however, it looks like family ties won out.

Evan won't be the only Goodman to attend ASU in 2012. His twin brother Devin, a three-star recruit who plays offensive guard, committed to ASU in late September of 2010. It appears that the brothers will stay united after they finish high school this year.

Evan Goodman stands at 6-4 and weighs 290 pounds. He is a solid addition to ASU's 2012 recruiting class and should provide much confidence for a staff that has been eyeing him for a while. 

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ASU Football Recruiting: Stephon McCray (OG, Fresno) Commits To Sun Devils

The Arizona St. Sun Devils are filling up their 2012 recruiting class well before the start of the 2011 football season. Looks like they might take out all the drama out of the fall and winter process, because they're pretty close to reaching their limits.

Their latest verbal comes from offensive guard Stephon McCray via Brandon Huffman of Scout (you can read his full article on McCray's commitment here if you have a Scout subscription), who has been high on ASU ever since they first offered him. McCray plays for Bullard High in Fresno, California, and had offers extended from Arizona State, Colorado, Fresno State, Iowa State, and Washington State. But he eventually chose the Sun Devils, and became their third offensive line commitment from this class, joining Dejon Allen and Niu Sale.

McCray has average ratings from the recruiting sites (5.6 from Rivals, 79 from ESPN, 3 stars from Scout, 82 from 247 Sports), so he doesn't stand out from the fray, but there's a lot of promise with him. He's clearly an imposing force at 6'3", 300 pounds and if he can get his technique and conditioning in the right place, he can be a big pickup for Dennis Erickson and the Sun Devils.

Check out his highlight reel too, which usually ends up with him knocking some poor defender backwards into the turf.

Stephon McCray (Recruiting Video) (via NCSAfootball)

For more on ASU football recruiting, House of Sparky is your destination.

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