TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 14: Head coach Todd Graham of the Arizona State Sun Devils speaks at a press conference introducing him as the new head football coach at Sun Devil Stadium on December 14, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
UPDATED - The Arizona State Sun Devils and head coach Todd Graham are in the midst of a very impressive Signing Day. Despite being hired in late December and having to overcome a number of challenges, Graham is compiling a very impressive class thus far, with a number of other recruits to come as the day progresses.
The big early highlight was the commitment of Marion Grice, a four-star running back from Blinn College. Grice, the top ranked juco running back, chose ASU over a number of other offers, including Tennessee, Arkansas and Houston.
After securing a major prize in D.J. Foster last week, ASU was able to lock down another big local recruit in defensive tackle Jaxon Hood. The Hamilton High School product picked ASU over Boston College.
Other than Grice and Hood, the rest of the morning's official signings were all already committed or were heavily expected to become Sun Devils.
This includes a number of players who should make instant impacts.
On offense, four-star offensive tackle Evan Goodman, the No. 16 tackle in the nation should secure a starting job and lead the way for Foster and Grice. Juco wide receiver Alonzo Agwuenu, a terrific 6'4" prospect, could very well see a starting job in his future as part of a rebuilding wide receiver corps, as will Richard Smith, a speedy receiver who could fill a role in the slot.
The much maligned defense officially added some intriguing pieces. Steffon Martin is a highly productive and talented juco linebacker who could secure a starting middle linebacker spot. Joining him at linebacker is Carlos Mendoza and Salamo Fiso, athletic defenders with talents for making key plays. One very intriguing prospect is safety/linebacker Chris Young, another juco transfer. Young is exactly the type of versatile defender ASU's new 3-3-5 scheme requires, and his range, tackling and overall playmaking skills will make him a factor from Day 1.
The full list of official recruits as of 11:08am Arizona time is as follows:
Darwin Rogers, TE, Arizona Western College
Easton Wahlstrom, LS, Scottsdale, AZ
Jake Sheffield, DT, Palm Desert, CA
Evan Goodman, OT, Lakeland, FL
William McGehee, OL, Corsicana, TX
Oliver Johnson, DB, Woodland Hills, CA
Carlos Mendoza, LB, Westlake Village, CA
Kody Kohl, TE, Gilbert, AZ
Terrell Davis, RB, Canada
Stephon McCray, Fresno, CA
D.J. Foster, RB, Scottsdale, AZ
Steffon Martin, LB, Arizona Western College
Josiah Blandin, WR, Long Beach, CA
Richard Smith, WR, Long Beach, CA
Salamo Fiso, LB, Long Beach, CA
Alonzo Agwuenu, WR, Chino Hills, CA
Mike Pennel, DL, Aurora, CO
Milo Jordan, DL, Corona, CA
Chris Young, DB, Yuma, AZ
The major uncommitted targets to watch, both announcing this afternoon, are four-star wide receiver Darreus Rogers--deciding between ASU and USC--and cornerback Randall Goforth who is picking between ASU and UCLA.
How would you rate the class so far this morning?
A (33 votes)
B (103 votes)
C (18 votes)
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154 total votes