ASU Football: Coaching staff devotes week to in-home recruiting visits

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With a week off in between the Pac-12 Championship and bowl practices, the Sun Devil coaching staff has hit the road for a series of in-home visits with recruits.

With 23 days in between the Pac-12 Championship game and the Holiday Bowl, the Arizona State coaching staff has decided to take a break from regular practice activities to make in-home visits with a number of valued recruits.

Just a day after losing to Stanford, members of the Sun Devil coaching staff were already in Northern California taking care of business with quarterback recruit Manny Wilkins. Wilkins is the only quarterback committed to Arizona State for the class of 2014, and the 4-star pledge has focused efforts on helping recruit other big names to consider the Sun Devils this year.

The following day, coach DelVaughn Alexander replaced Mike Norvell on the recruiting trail and joined Todd Graham and Chris Ball for an in-home visit with 4-star linebacker recruit Derik Calhoun. Calhoun is also a Northern California native and he has signed paperwork that will allow him to enroll at Arizona State in January if his commitment holds firm.

The Northern California swing continued as Graham and Ball ventured to the home of 3-star athlete Dasmond Tautalatasi. Tautalatasi is a key component of De La Salle High School's section championship team and he has an opportunity to win a state title in California with two more victories this season.

Members of the coaching staff also visited 2-star tight end commit Brendan Landman in their journey up North. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder is the only tight end commit the Sun Devils have received for the Class of 2014.

Todd Graham and Chris Ball weren't the only coaches making stops on the recruiting trail this week as offensive line coach Chris Thomsen made an important visit as well.

Thomsen stopped by the home of 3-star offensive lineman Sam Jones in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Jones is already 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds and the coaches are excited to work with and develop an athlete of his size.

Arizona State recruiting coordinator Chip Long also spent some time on the road this week as he made it out to Magnolia High School in Anaheim, Calif. to visit 3-star defensive back commit Jamal Scott.

The Sun Devil coaches will return to Tempe on Friday to resume regularly scheduled practices for the upcoming Holiday Bowl. Arizona State will practice through next week before breaking for Christmas on Dec. 21.

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