Now that the 2016 recruiting class for the Arizona State Sun Devils is complete (we think), it is time to break down the class and it begins with the five most important recruits in this class.
The list takes into account rankings as well as what do the players mean to ASU in the grand scheme of recruiting.
1. WR N'Keal Harry
Harry is at the top of this list for a few reasons. First of all, he stands 6-foot-3, weights around 215 pounds and is expected to play from Day 1. Harry is ranked as the No. 1 wide receiver in the country by both ESPN and Rivals and he participated in the Under Armour All-American game last month where he drew rave reviews.
The other really important facet of Harry's recruitment is that he is the No. 1 player in the state of Arizona and stayed with ASU through the changes to the offensive staff. The past two seasons, ASU has seen difference-maker type players leave the state, and it speaks volumes about where the program is considering Harry stayed.
2. Devilbacker Doug Subtyl
The Sun Devils landed one of the nation's premier JUCO defensive linemen at a perfect time. With Antonio Longino graduating and Ismael Murphy-Richardson's dismissal, the Sun Devils do not have a lot of options at Devilbacker.
In steps Subtyl, who stands 6-foot-3, weighs around 240 pounds and stuck with the Sun Devils despite a late offer from Florida State. Subtyl played high school football in Florida, but wrecked havoc in Southern California for Victory Valley Community College. In two seasons, he tallied 39 tackles for loss and 27 sacks.
3. DB J'Marcus Rhodes
One of the top JUCO defensive backs in the nation, Rhodes can expect to compete for playing time at cornerback in 2016. Rhodes stands 6-foot-2 and can play either safety for corner, however with ASU losing three cornerbacks, expect Rhodes to compete and potentially earn a starting role in 2016 in the defensive backfield.
4. QB Dillon Sterling-Cole
The quarterback is typically the most important member of the recruiting class. However, with ASU signing two players, not much is expected of Sterling-Cole in 2016. Cole is a 4-star prospect according to ESPN and he held offers from Texas A&M, Florida and Houston among others.
Sterling-Cole threw for 2,471 yards and tallied 32 total touchdowns as a senior and stuck with ASU despite Mike Norvell leaving for Memphis. Sterling-Cole will compete for the QB job when he arrives, but since he is not an early enrollee, he will be behind the other three candidates.
5. OT Tyson Rising
Rising enrolled in January and will participate through spring practice. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Venture Junior College product is a versatile offensive lineman who can play right tackle or guard.
ASU has to break in four new starters from an offensive line unit that was up and down in 2015. Rising's experience at the junior college level as well as his versatility makes him a valuable commitment in this class.