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Couple stories have been popping up on the Sun Devils.

Over at SI.com, there is a fairly banal story about Harden and how Glasser and his coach followed him to ASU.  If you don't know the story, however, it could have a few things of interest.

Also, it turns out ASU was the one who dumped BYU from their schedule for the next few years, according to BYU. ASU responded by saying ESPN asked them to do it so they could "owe" them down the line for setting up a BYU-Oklahoma game, but... really? I think that we just wanted one extra win next year with a rookie QB.

Oh. And ticket prices are jumping up in 83% of the seats.

Not much else out there, but there is this. Interesting that the top 6 defensive efforts in ASU basketball history have come under Sendek - the guy knows defense. Looking forward to the tourney this year - big time.

And, per ESPN, an updated look at our football recruiting.

16 commits | 0 ESPN 150 commits
NAME POS HT WT SCHOOL RANK GRADE STATUS NOTES
Kody Koebensky OG 6'3" 290 Saguaro H.S. (AZ ) OG #11 80 Verbal  
Osahon Irabor CB 5'11" 182 Upland H.S. (CA ) CB #23 78 Verbal  
Chris Coyle TE 6'3" 235 Oaks Christian H.S. (CA ) TE #22 78 Verbal  
Anthony Rose OLB 6'1" 190 Marcos De Niza H.S. (AZ ) OLB #47 77 Verbal  
Matt Tucker ATH 6'3" 185 Grandview H.S. (CO ) ATH #67 77 Signed  
Anthony Jones OLB 6'1" 200 Hamilton H.S. (AZ ) OLB #68 76 Verbal  
J.J. Holliday WR 6'0" 161 Santa Rita H.S. (AZ ) WR #94 76 Verbal  
William Sutton DT 6'0" 248 Centennial H.S. (CA ) DT #68 75 Verbal  
Max Smith TE 6'2" 244 Saguaro H.S. (AZ ) TE #65 75 Verbal  
Fred Thornton OT 6'4" 290 South Mountain H.S. (AZ ) OT #109 74 Verbal  
Jamal Miles RB 5'10" 175 Peoria H.S. (AZ ) RB #128 74 Verbal  
Brock Osweiler QB 6'8" 230 Flathead H.S. (MT ) QB #76 74 Signed  
Shane McCullen ATH 6'2" 193 Apache Junction H.S. (AZ ) ATH #149 73 Verbal  
Marcus Washington RB 6'1" 190 Desert Vista H.S. (AZ ) RB #153 73 Verbal  
NAME POS HT WT HOMETOWN SCHOOL TYPE STATUS
Dean Deleone DE 6-2 245 Park City, UT Orange Coast College JC Signed
LeQuan Lewis CB 5-10 190 Artesia, CA Cerritos College JC Signed

 

The quality and quantity of recruits puts at us about 5th so far in the Pac-10.

Just glancing at the lists, I would say at this point the '09 classes would rank out:
1. USC - natch. They have 9 top 150 players. Wow.
2. UCLA - really strong class for Neuheisel. Top TE, top 10 QB. Solid. 21 total.
3. Stanford - Sort of a surprise. Deep class with some top talent.
4. Cal - 5 players rated 80 or above, a lot of JC talent.
5. ASU - Only 16 at this point but no one ranks lower than 73. Lots of depth.
6. Arizona - 20 commits, but 5 are JC/Transfer and 3 are unknowns
7. Oregon State - 21, some decent talents, a lot of unknowns.
8. Oregon - 15 commits, nearly half are JCs. Most of their players are good though.
9. Washington State - Quantity over quality, but that is fine for a program like this.
10. Washington - Hard to recruit with a coach who just got to Seattle and no wins.