ASU Football Recruiting: Final weekend of official visits prior to Signing Day

DeAndre Scott is the only Sun Devil verbal commit visiting Arizona State this weekend. - Student Sports Flickr

This weekend affords the Arizona State coaching staff one final chance to make an impression on visiting recruits.

The end is near. Well, at least that's what the calendar indicates.

A lengthy and fruitful recruiting season is finally coming to a close across college football, but before Signing Day rolls around on Wednesday, coaching staffs across the country have one final chance to make an impression on recruits.

The Arizona State coaching staff has hosted a majority of its verbal commitments over the past two weekends and now, the Sun Devils will take on a different kind of challenge.

The final weekend of official visits gives the Sun Devils a chance to work with some of their top uncommitted targets so they can lock down commitments for Signing Day.

Asudevils.com and Devilsdigest.com are each reporting that Arizona State will host six different recruits this weekend who each have scholarship offers from the Sun Devils. Of those six, only DeAndre Scott is a verbal commitment to the Sun Devils which means Arizona State can attempt to sway its other visitors into joining the program.

The highest rated recruit visiting this weekend according to devilsdigest.com is Deondre Clark, who is currently a soft verbal commit to LSU. Clark is a 4-star recruit and is considered the eighth best defensive end in the country for the class of 2014 according to Rivals.com.

Clark visited Oklahoma two weekends ago and visited LSU last weekend but will take one final look at Arizona State before he makes his decision.

Asudevils.com was the first to report that another defensive end making the trek to Tempe this weekend is Southern California native Austin Maloata. Maloata was committed to USC, but Blair Angulo of We Are SC reported on Jan. 18 that Maloata de-committed. Maloata is a 3-star recruit out of Centennial High School which has produced Sun Devil greats like Will Sutton and Brandon Magee in recent years.

Keeping things on the defensive side of the ball, asudevils.com is also reporting that Pearl River Community College teammates Dalvon Stuckey and Darrius Caldwell are among those expected to make official visits this weekend.

Stuckey is considered the 12th best JUCO recruit in the country according to Rivals.com and is listed as a 4-star defensive tackle by Rivals and a 3-star tackle by Scout. Stuckey has already committed and de-committed from Miami and Auburn during this recruiting cycle so his decision will likely come down to the wire on Signing Day.

As for Caldwell, the 3-star defensive end committed to South Carolina two weeks ago but will make the trek to Tempe with his Pearl River CC teammate. Caldwell originally committed to Illinois out of high school before playing at Pearl River.

Aside from Clark and Caldwell, Arizona State is also hosting defensive end Will Coleman, according to asudevils.com. Coleman is considered a 3-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout and is verbally committed to Mississippi State. Coleman committed to Mississippi State back in October and made his official visit to the university last weekend. However, he will take a look at Arizona State before Signing Day on his visit to Tempe this weekend.

These six recruits will be the final official visits of the recruiting season as Signing Day takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Arizona State is nearing full capacity in its 2014 recruiting class, but the Sun Devils clearly have an interest in the recruits visiting this weekend and are hoping to fortify their status on the defensive side of the ball heading into next season.

Editor's Note: This story has been edited to ensure that the first source to break the news on recruits making official visits to Arizona State has been credited.

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