Eldridge Massington - (Bud Elliot - SB Nation)
The Sun Devils missed out on a pair of big time commitments at a position of need
Following this season, the Arizona State passing offense will be looking to replace multiple starters for the second straight year. Unfortunately, the search will have to go on a little longer after recent events.
Over the last day, tight end Beau Sandland and wide receiver Eldridge Massington have opted against coming to ASU, despite the Sun Devils being among the finalists for their services.
This morning, Beau Sandland of Pierce College in Los Angeles chose to be a Hurricane instead of a Sun Devil. Miami beat out ASU for Sandland's services, with Nebraska and Texas Tech also in the mix earlier in the process.
Rated a 4-star prospect by both Scout and Rivals, Sandland fits the mold of the dynamic modern tight end: he stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 250 pounds, yet runs in the 4.6 range in the 40. He's also a powerful runner after the catch, has good hands and the ability to line up out wide, and should continue Miami's In his two seasons at Pierce, Sandland caught 44 passes for 532 yards and five touchdowns (highlights here).
Massington was a former USC commit until two weeks ago, when he decommitted and the battle for him was on among several major schools.
The 6-foot-3, 200 pounder from West Mesquite in Texas looked hard at Alabama and ASU before announcing last night via Twitter than he would head to UCLA. Along with that great size, he has good speed and reliable hands, and now will be catching passes against the Sun Devils instead of for them.
The Sun Devils passing attack did well this year despite major inconsistencies from the wide receivers all year long. Those struggle will increase with the departures of outgoing seniors Jamal Miles and Rashad Ross, so this will continue to be a major area of focus for Todd Graham and staff.