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ASU Football Recruiting: National Signing Day Preview

What should Sun Devil fans expect come Wednesday?

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

In less than 24 hours, verbal commitments become official and we take one more step forward towards the 2016 college football season. In some places around the country, the first Wednesday in February is a national holiday. Of course, I am talking about National Signing Day.

The Sun Devils have never recruited at the level they have the last few seasons under Todd Graham. However, with five new coaches expected to be on staff in 2016, ASU's recruiting has slowed the final months of the 2016 recruiting cycle.

ASU did not pick up a commitment in the month of January despite three official visit weekends and coaches on the road visiting numerous prospects around the country.

Let's take a look at what ASU fans should expect on Wednesday.

Recruits Who Have Signed

These prospects have already signed their National Letter of Intend have already enrolled at ASU.

Name Position Ranking (247 Sports)
Christian Hill* Defensive End No. 27 JC, No. 2 DE
J'Marcus Rhodes* Cornerback No. 16 JC, No. 2 CB
Maurice Chandler* Defensive Back No. 41 JC, No. 4 CB
Koran Crump* Defensive End No. 24 JC, No. 3 DE
Tyson Rising* Offensive Tackle No. 73 JC, No. 9 OT
A.J. McCollum* Offensive Center No. 99 JC, No. 1 OC
Jared Bubak Tight End/H-Back 3-Star, No. 32 TE
Marshall Nathe Offensive Guard

3-star, No. 39 OG

*Junior College Player

The Sun Devils are getting help for their woeful pass defense with Rhodes and Chandler, two of the top defensive backs the junior college ranks have to offer. Rhodes has the size to play safety, however with the Sun Devils losing their top three defensive backs, it is likely one or both of Rhodes and Chandler starts from Day 1 at corner.

Crump can play along the defensive line but will likely provide an immediate impact at Devilbacker, especially with the departure of Ismael Murphy-Richardson.

Rising is a versatile offensive lineman who can play either guard or tackle, which is a valuable commodity with ASU breaking in four new offensive linemen in 2016. McCollum will provide depth and compete for the starting center job in 2016.

Recruits Who are Verbally Committed Who are Expected to Sign Wednesday

Name Position Ranking (247 Sports)
N'Keal Harry Wide Receiver 4-star, No. 52 Nationally, No. 7 WR
Chase Lucas Athlete 4-Star, No. 232 Nationally, No. 12 ATH
Dougladson Subtyl* Defensive End 4-star, No. 14 JC, No. 1 DE
Dillon Sterling-Cole Quarterback 3-star, No. 13 PRO QB
Cohl Cabral Offensive Lineman 3-star, No. 38 OT
Robbie Robinson Athlete 3-star, No. 21 ATH
Tre Turner Running Back 3-star, No. 42 RB
Kyle Williams Athlete 3-star, No. 44 ATH
Jeremy Smith Wide Receiver 3-star, No. 116 WR
Michael Sleep-Dalton* Punter 3-star, No. 1 JC Punter

*Junior College Player

Harry is the gem of this class and his 247 Sports rating doesn't really show it. Rivals and ESPN have him as the No. 1 WR in the nation and there is a good chance he starts from Day 1. Lucas will likely play defense despite starring as a wide receiver and running back at Chandler High School.

Subtyl is a prospect who has picked up steam as of late as he picked up an offer from Florida State in January and also holds an offer from Auburn. Sterling-Cole has stayed with ASU despite Mike Norvell leaving and ASU as a whole has done a nice job keeping this class together despite losing Norvell and recruiting coordinator Chip Long.

Top Remaining Targets

RB Beau Bisharat - 6'3, 205 (Carmichael, California)

Bisharat is a former Stanford commit who visited ASU two weekends ago. His father played football at Oregon and he has visited the Ducks as well as Colorado.

WR Devaughn Cooper - 5'11, 205 (Harbor City, California)

Cooper is a former Arizona commit who took an official visit to ASU this past weekend. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Cooper will choose between ASU, Arizona and Syracuse. Cooper is a 3-star prospect with seven reported offers.

S Lamar Jackson - 6'3, 205 (Elk Grove, California)

Jackson will announce his college choice Tuesday with his final choices down to Nebraska, ASU and Arizona. He is a consensus 4-star prospect and the No. 1 safety in the nation according to Rivals.

Edit: Jackson has committed to Nebraska.

DE Connor Murphy - 6'7, 250 (Phoenix, Arizona)

The Sun Devils were considered a long shot for the defensive end from Brophy High School in Phoenix. However, after Alabama pulled his offer, he visited ASU officially last weekend and will choose between the Sun Devils, USC, Oregon and Michigan. Murphy will announce at a ceremony on Wednesday morning at his high school.