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ASU Football Recruiting: Post-Bowl Season Update

The Sun Devils held 13 commitments as college football begins its official hiatus.

The 2016-17 season marked the first time the Arizona State Sun Devils didn’t participate in a bowl game during the Todd Graham era. Nevertheless, they’ve found a way to stay active throughout December.

The recruiting trail was hot for the Sun Devils over winter break. They garnered six commitments following the regular season, a stretch which began with ASU’s coup of former five-star Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett, and concluded with the pledge of four-star running back Eno Benjamin.

Excitement surrounding the 2017 signing class continues to mount through January, providing hope for a fan base in much need of it. Below, we provide an update on who the Sun Devils have landed so far, and how they rank across several popular scouting-service platforms.

2017 ASU Football Recruiting Class

Commitment # Player Position (# Signed) Height/Weight School Commitment/Signing Date Early Enrollee
Commitment # Player Position (# Signed) Height/Weight School Commitment/Signing Date Early Enrollee
1 Ryan Kelley QB 6'2"-6'4"; 173-188 lbs Basha (Ariz.) May 6, 2016 No
2 Jared Poplawski TE 6'4"; 220 lbs Saguaro (Ariz.) June 17, 2016 No
3 Kyle Soelle TE (2)/LB 6'3"-6'4"; 215-220 lbs Saguaro (Ariz.) June 17, 2016 No
4 Corey Stephens OG 6'2"-6'3"; 285-290 lbs Saguaro (Ariz.) June 17, 2016 No
5 Trelon Smith RB 5'8"-5'10"; 180-181 lbs Cypress Ridge (Texas) June 20, 2016 No
6 Ty Thomas S 5'11"; 192-195 lbs Cooper (Texas) June 23, 2016 Yes
7 Curtis Hodges WR 6'6"-6'7"; 190-210 lbs Mountain View (Ariz.) July 29, 2016 No
8 Blake Barnett QB (2) 6'5"; 211-215 lbs Transfer (Alabama) December 5, 2016 Yes
9 Alex Perry CB 5'10"-5'11"; 165-178 lbs Bishop Gorman (Nev.) December 13, 2016 No
10 Loren Mondy LB (2) 6'0"-6'1"; 234-240 lbs Lake Ridge (Texas) July 2, 2013/December 14, 2016 No
11 Tyler Johnson ATH 6'4"; 240-245 lbs Highland (Ariz.) December 16, 2016 No
12 D.J. Davidson NT 6'5"; 300 lbs Transfer (UCF) December 22, 2016 Yes
13 Eno Benjamin RB (2) 5'9"-5'10"; 209-210 lbs Wylie East (Texas) January 7, 2017 Yes
14 Brandon Ruiz K 5'10"; 165-170 Gilbert Williams Field (Ariz.) January 16, 2017 No
15 KJ Jarrell S 6'2"-6'3", 170-185 lbs Saguaro (Ariz.) January 25, 2017 No
1-14 committed as of Jan. 16, 2016

Next, we break down the signing class according to how three major scouting services (Rivals, Scout, 247 Sports) grade the group.

Rivals (12 total)

National Rank: 55
Pac-12 Rank: 10

Player Position Stars Rating (out of 6.1)
Player Position Stars Rating (out of 6.1)
Ryan Kelley QB 4* 5.9
Jared Poplawski TE 3* 5.7
Kyle Soelle LB 3* 5.5
Corey Stephens OL 3* 5.5
Trelon Smith RB 3* 5.7
Ty Thomas DB 3* 5.5
Curtis Hodges WR 3* 5.5
Alex Perry DB 4* 5.8
Loren Mondy LB 3* 5.6
Tyler Johnson WR --> TE 4* 5.9
Eno Benjamin RB 4* 5.9
Brandon Ruiz K 3* 5.5
As of Jan. 18, 2016

(Note: Transfers QB Blake Barnett and NT D.J. Davidson are not included in Rivals’ listing.)


Scout (14 total)

National Rank: 43
Pac-12 Rank: 9

Player Position Stars Position Rank
Player Position Stars Position Rank
Ryan Kelley QB 4* 17 (No. 284 overall)
Jared Poplawski TE 3* 60
Kyle Soelle TE 3* 72
Corey Stephens OG 3* 47
Trelon Smith RB 3* 42
Ty Thomas S 3* 64
Curtis Hodges WR 3* 170
Blake Barnett QB 4* Unranked
Alex Perry CB 4* 16 (No. 144 overall)
Loren Mondy OLB 3* 58
Tyler Johnson TE 4* 13
D.J. Davidson DT 3* Unranked
Eno Benjamin RB 4* 10 (No. 104 overall)
Brandon Ruiz K 3* 2
As of Jan. 18, 2016

247 Sports (13 total)

National Rank: 39
Pac-12 Rank: 8

Player Position Stars Position Rank National Ranking
Player Position Stars Position Rank National Ranking
Ryan Kelley QB 4* 14 317
Jared Poplawski TE 3* 26 625
Kyle Soelle TE 3* 37 769
Corey Stephens OG 3* 67 N/A
Trelon Smith RB 3* 39 681
Ty Thomas S 3* 65 887
Curtis Hodges WR 3* 126 878
Alex Perry CB 4* 21 156
Loren Mondy ILB 3* 40 957
Tyler Johnson TE 4* 7 248
Eno Benjamin RB 4* 7 139
Blake Barnett QB 4* 1 5
Brandon Ruiz K 3* 2 N/A
As of Jan. 18, 2016

(Note: Transfer DT D.J. Davidson is omitted from 247 Sports’ list.)

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