ASU Football Recruiting: Sun Devils land 4-star WR Eric Lauderdale

Todd Graham should be all smiles today. - Christian Petersen

The Sun Devils picked up a commitment from one of the most highly coveted junior college players in the nation Friday afternoon.

The Arizona State Sun Devils picked up a commitment from junior college wide receiver Eric Lauderdale Friday afternoon. The 4-star receiver from Saddleback College held offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, Washington, Wisconsin and Nebraska.

Lauderdale reportedly chose the Sun Devils over Florida and Oregon. The commitment was first reported by Derek Tyson of ESPN.

The Fayetteville, GA. native is one of the most sought after junior college players in the country. He is rated as the No. 23 junior college player nationally by ESPN and the No. 3 junior college receiver in the nation by ESPN. Rivals.com ranks Lauderdale as the No. 18 junior college prospect in the country.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Lauderdale went on an official visit to Arizona State last weekend, where he was joined by quarterback recruit Manny Wilkins and over a dozen more Sun Devil recruits. After the visit he promptly cancelled his trip to Eugene and set an announcement date of Saturday.

According to ESPN, Lauderdale is the 12th 4-star recruit in Arizona State's 2014 class. He joins highly touted defensive end Edmond Boateng and running back De'Chavon Hayes as Arizona State's three commitments from the junior college ranks.

Both Wilkins and Sun Devil wide receiver Jaelen Strong showed their excitement over Lauderdale's commitment.

Just a reminder that all commitments are strictly verbal and are non-binding until players sign on the dotted line on Feb. 5.

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