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ASU Recruiting: Darreus Rogers Addition Becomes Critical As National Signing Day Approaches

Looking at the past week, you have to like what you've seen out of Todd Graham's staff on the recruiting trail. They secured highly-touted local running back D.J. Foster when it appeared that he may leave the state for Cal. They also hosted some top recruits from the class of 2013, fueling the possibility of some strong in-state success in the future.

Of course, the big indicator of success for ASU and Graham will be how the football program fares on National Signing Day on Wednesday. Has Graham convinced more recruits to come play for him?

The biggest piece of the puzzle left might be Darreus Rogers, a dynamic wide receiver who is eyeing ASU and conference rival USC right now. Rogers, until lately, seemed to be a lock to join the Trojans. Now, things aren't so certain as the Sun Devils have made a strong, late push.

His signing becomes even more critical now that wide receiver T.J. Simpson, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, was ruled ineligible for another season at ASU on Monday. ASU needs to make up for the loss of several wide receivers from last season, including Gerell Robinson, Aaron Pflugrad and Mike Willie, and the No. 10 receiver of the 2012 class (according to isn't a bad place to start.

ASU's biggest appeal right now is its ability to offer immediate playing time, something that USC may not be able to match. Rogers took an official trip to ASU about two weeks ago and told ESPN that, "It was a really good trip" afterwards.

That's a good sign for the Sun Devils, and we'll know for sure on Wednesday whether or not his trip was good enough to land him in Tempe. It's certainly not an understatement to say that his addition could drastically help the Sun Devil offense and its quarterback(s) for years to come.

Do you think Rogers will sign with ASU? Leave your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Also, for more info on ASU's prospects for National Signing Day, check out the latest episode of the Speak of the Devils podcast featuring Joe Healey and our very own Brad Denny.