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National Signing Day: Dalvon Stuckey signs with Arizona State

The nation's top junior college defensive tackle will play his college football at Arizona State.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Though most of Wednesday's letter of intents were foregone conclusions, there were still a few targets that Arizona State was pursuing heading into National Signing Day.

Now, the Sun Devils have learned that one of those targets will be coming to the desert.

Dalvon Stuckey, the nation's No. 12 junior college recruit according to Rivals, has faxed in his letter of intent and will play college football at Arizona State.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise as Stuckey's recruitment came down to the wire. During his recruiting process, Stuckey changed his mind multiple times as he first committed to Miami before de-committing and verbally committing to Auburn.

Then, just over a week ago, Stuckey de-committed from the Tigers prior to making an official visit to Arizona State with Pearl City Community College teammate Darrius Caldwell.

At 6-foot-2 and 305 pounds, Stuckey has the size and skills to make an immediate impact at the Division I level. The Sun Devils were hoping to land Stuckey to fill the void left by Will Sutton on the defensive line and to give fellow recruit Tashon Smallwood a year to grow and mature in the Sun Devils' scheme.

Stuckey is the highest-rated junior college player the Sun Devils will sign and he adds to another impressive haul of JUCO transfers for Todd Graham. The Sun Devils received verbal commitments from offensive standouts De'Chavon Hayes and Eric Lauderdale, but there were still a few names up in the air on the defensive side of the ball coming from the junior college ranks heading into Signing Day.

Stuckey's Rivals' profile shows that the defensive tackle received a number of high-profile offers including Louisville, West Virginia, Florida, Nebraska and Texas. The Sun Devils were the final program with the opportunity to plead their case as they hosted Stuckey on his official visit this past weekend.

And when it comes to recruiting a player who changes his mind, it's worth it to be the last ones with a voice.