Coach Graham will have a ton of new talent to work with this fall. - Jared Wickerham
Signing Day has come and gone, and it's time to take a look at the top 5 players who will make an impact for the Sun Devils this fall.
Excitement. Disappointment. Thrills. Letdowns. Highs. Lows.
Signing Day produces a roller coaster of emotions for college football programs across the country, and the 2013 version was no exception.
For one day each year, football coaches and recruiters huddle around fax machines and high school athletes rule college athletics. This year February 6 was that day.
After taking over recruiting midway through the process last season, the 2013 Signing Day was Coach Todd Graham's first opportunity to showcase an entire year of his work on the recruiting trails.
Though the Sun Devils lost out on highly touted prospects like Joshua Dobbs, Arizona State appears to be in good shape going forward as Graham and his colleagues landed a number of recruits ready to make an immediate impact.
Here are the top five recruits from the Class of 2013 that will make their presence felt this fall.
1. Chans Cox - Linebacker
Coach Graham's biggest recruiting coup was keeping the Lakeside, Arizona native at home this spring. Despite receiving offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and USC, the Blue Ridge High School product elected to play for his local university.
Cox's letter of intent was a foregone conclusion on signing day, as he graduated early from Blue Ridge to enroll at Arizona State for the spring semester. Cox will have a leg up on his fellow 2013 recruits, as he will be able to take part in spring drills.
The 6-foot-3 230 pound athlete has a wealth of upside, and projects to receive valuable playing time, perhaps at Devilbacker, early on in his career at Arizona State.
Coach Graham is excited about Cox not only because of his athletic ability, but because of his commitment to winning and his leadership.
In three varsity seasons at Blue Ridge, Cox's teams went a combined 40-2 and appeared in three state title games. The big stage doesn't affect Cox's playmaking mentality, and the Sun Devils are thrilled to have the 4-star recruit join the squad.
2. Marcus Hardison - Defensive End
The addition of Hardison makes the Arizona State defensive line a force to be reckoned with in 2013.
The four-star recruit out of Dodge City, Kansas is a physical specimen who will push for playing time right away.
A JUCO transfer from Dodge City Community College, Hardison received offers from SEC programs such as Arkansas, Auburn, and Texas A&M, but ventured out west to join Coach Graham because of the opportunity to compete for a spot in the fall.
As the No. 14 junior college prospect, Hardison believes surrounding himself with a group of defensive linemen who project as NFL prospects will make him an even better player.
Though Davon Coleman and Will Sutton are locked in as starters at Haridson's best positions (field end and 3-technique), there is no doubt that he will see the field and make an impact.
3. Jaelen Strong - Wide Receiver
Since the arrival of Todd Graham, the Arizona State program has emphasized the recruitment of proven junior college transfers. As a product of Pierce College in Southern California, Strong is no exception.
In all likelihood, Strong will have the first chance of any incoming wide receivers to crack the starting lineup and start alongside Kevin Ozier.
The three-star recruit had plenty of choices including an offer from the University of Arizona, but he likes his chances of earning a starting spot at Arizona State.
At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Strong runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and might be the deep threat that can take the Sun Devil offense to the next level.
4. Viliami Latu - Linebacker
The highly regarded linebacker out of Rancho Cucamonga High School in California is yet another talented addition to the Sun Devil defense.
The 6-foot-2 Latu committed to Arizona State after receiving numerous offers from schools along the west coast, and will have the opportunity to play with his brother Alani Latu, who also committed to the Sun Devils on Signing Day.
Viliami Latu knows the Sun Devils are loaded on defense, but he believes his exceptional motor will help him earn playing time early on in his career.
In his senior season, Latu recorded 107 tackles and 4.0 sacks, which helped him earn his four-star ranking.
5. Damarious Randall - Safety
With the graduation of senior Keelan Johnson, Coach Graham knew he had to plug a hole at the safety position with his 2013 recruiting class.
Graham succeeded by luring three-star JUCO transfer Damarious Randall to Tempe, as the Mesa Community College athlete won't have to travel too far.
Though he played cornerback in college, Randall knows his best chance to see the field will be manning Johnson's vacant position and his athletic background should help him make the transition with ease.
The Sun Devils are also excited about the possibilities Randall gives them on special teams, as the sophomore transfer averaged 19.5 yards per punt return and tallied four punt return touchdowns last season.
Also Watch Out For
Matt Haack - Punter
Haack chose the Sun Devils over Iowa State and he will be the lone scholarship punter attempting to replace the beloved Josh Hubner. Haack's task won't be an easy one, but he'll be given every chance to succeed this fall.
Kisima Jagne - Defensive Line
After watching fellow Arizona native Jaxon Hood dominate on the Sun Devils defensive line last season, the Chandler High School product decided to stay home and try to earn playing time alongside some of the premier names in college football at his position. Jagne has a leg up on the competition because he's already enrolled at Arizona State and will participate in spring ball.
Cameron Smith - Wide Receiver
Jaelen Strong won't be the only 2013 recruit attempting to fill the open spot at wide receiver as this Texas native figures to mix in as well. The Coppell High School senior runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and had over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns in his final high school season.