Now that the dust has settled on Signing Day 2014, it is already time to look ahead to the class of 2015. Coaches have already begun to hand out scholarships for next year's class, as recruiting truly does not have an offseason.
The Arizona class in 2015 may not be as deep as it was in 2014, however there are still some elite prospects in the state that Arizona State is targeting.
Christian Kirk - Scottsdale, Arizona (Wide Receiver)
Kirk is the highest-rated prospect in the state of Arizona and one of the top prospects in the West. Kirk finished his junior season with 1,164 receiving yards and 825 rushing yards for Saguaro High School, the same program that produced Arizona State running back D.J. Foster.
Kirk is rated as the No. 21 overall prospect in the nation for the class of 2015 by Rivals, and the No. 4 wide receiver prospect nationally. He is rated as the 36th best prospect in the nation by ESPN. He holds over 20 scholarship offers, including Arizona State Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford and USC.
Saguaro has produced a steady pipeline to Arizona State in recent years. The Sun Devils landed highly-ranked defensive tackle Corey Adams from Saguaro in its 2009 class, and most recently snagged center Kody Koebensky and Foster from the Scottsdale powerhouse. Below are some of Kirk's junior highlights.
Keenan Walker - Scottsdale, Arizona (Offensive Tackle)
Arizona has produced its fair share of elite high school offensive tackles in recent years, with Arizona State failing to land any of them. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Walker is the latest mauler to come out of Arizona, following in the footsteps of Christian Westerman, Andrus Peat and Casey Tucker.
Walker is listed as the No. 9 offensive tackle prospect in the nation by ESPN, and the No. 18 tackle prospect by Rivals. Both recruiting services rank Walker as a top-150 player in the nation. The Chaparral High School product has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.
Walker's highlight tapes show him as a very good run blocker and he is a key target for Arizona State in the class of 2015 because of their needs along the offensive line. After missing out on Tucker in this recruiting class, Walker would be a huge get for the class of 2015. Below are some of his sophomore year highlights.
Brian Lewerke - Phoenix, Arizona (Pro-Style Quarterback)
Lewerke is one of the two best quarterback prospects in the state for the class of 2015 (we will get to the other one soon). After playing Lewerke last fall, Hamilton head coach Steve Belles said that Lewerke's release is the quickest he has seen at the high school level.
The Pinnacle High School signal caller threw for 2,780 yards, 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions his junior year, leading the Pioneers to a 9-3 record. Lewerke currently holds offers from UCLA and Arizona State, but expect his recruiting to pick up in the spring and summer.
Even though Lewerke is listed as a pocket passer, he is very good making throws on the run. He ran for 464 yards last season and is very mobile in and out of the pocket.
Rivals ranks him as the No. 18 pro-style quarterback in the nation, and at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, he already has good size for the quarterback position. Below are highlights of Lewerke at the Chicago Elite 11 camp in May of 2013.
Bryce Perkins - Chandler, Arizona (Dual-Threat Quarterback)
Perkins is one of the most dynamic athletes in the state of Arizona. As a junior, he threw for 2,244 yards and 26 touchdowns, while rushing for 808 yards and 18 touchdowns. Perkins comes from the same high school that produced Brett Hundley and his brother currently plays running back for the Bruins.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback is listed as the No. 13 dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to Rivals. Perkins holds scholarship offers from UCLA, Arizona State and Northwestern. Along with Lewerke, Perkins is one of the two local quarterbacks that Arizona State should target. Below are Perkins' junior highlights.
Paul Lucas - Phoenix, Arizona (Running Back)
Lucas had a breakout junior season for Mountain Pointe that started with an upset of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas and ended with a state championship victory over Hamilton. Along the way, Lucas rushed for 1,008 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 9.6 yards per carry in his first season on varsity in 2013.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound running back holds scholarship offers from Oregon State, Washington and Arizona State. Lucas is rated as the nation's No. 4 all-purpose back according to Rivals and the No. 21 running back according to ESPN. Below are some junior highlights of Lucas.
Cassius Peat - Tempe, Arizona (Outside Linebacker)
Few players come from the football lineage that Peat does. The last name should ring a bell for Sun Devil fans. His oldest brother Todd earned a scholarship to Nebraska in the class of 2011 and his other brother Andrus is currently the starting left tackle for the Stanford Cardinal. His father played in the NFL for six seasons for the Cardinals and Raiders.
Peat holds scholarship offers from Arizona State, California, Notre Dame, Oregon State and Vanderbilt. He plays on a bad team, but already has the size at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds for the linebacker position at the next level. Let's see if Arizona State can keep the third Peat brother at home. Below are his junior year highlights.
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Chase Lucas - Chandler, Arizona (Running Back)
Lucas had a breakout sophomore season that saw him rush for 883 yards, leading the prolific Chandler High School offense. Lucas holds scholarship offers from Arizona State and Oregon State and expect that number to rise in the coming months once he gets onto the camp circuit.
Na'Keal Harry - Chandler, Arizona (Wide Receiver)
Harry transferred to Chandler after a coaching change at his previous school. I had a chance to watch Harry play as a sophomore when he had six catches, 198 yards and two touchdowns against Buena. As a sophomore, Harry was listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and had 41 catches for 716 yards last season.
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