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ASU Football Recruiting: Sun Devils haul in California, Texas commits, rank in top half of Pac-12

With 11 commitments in total, the Sun Devils currently have eight from California and Texas combined.

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The Arizona State Sun Devils have earned 11 commitments in its 2018 class thus far with eight combined from California or Texas and own the sixth ranked recruiting class in the Pac-12 behind Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington and California, according to scout.com.

Class of 2018 Commits

Four Stars

  • OLB Reggie Hughes (6-foot-2, 208 pounds) Calabasas HS (California) committed on June 19. Ranks No. 20 OLB in the nation.
  • RB Demetrious Flowers (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) St. John Bosco HS (California) committed on June 20. Ranks No. 19 RB in the nation.
  • S Elyjah Doyle (6-feet, 180 pounds) Bishop Alemany HS (California) committed on June 3.

Three Stars

  • CB Dominique Harrison (6-feet, 185 pounds) Blinn College (Texas) committed on May 16.
  • RB Brock Sturges (5-foot-10, 200 pounds) Allen HS (Texas) committed on June 9.
  • WR Jalen Nailor (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) Bishop Gorman HS (Nevada) committed on July 22.
  • DE Michael Matus (6-foot-2, 235 pounds) Katy HS (Texas) committed on July 10.
  • LB Christian LaValle (6-foot, 204 pounds) Mission Viejo HS (California) committed on June 20.
  • WR Stanley Lambert (6-foot-3, 211 pounds) Marshall High School (Texas) committed on July 28

Two Stars

OL Hunter Mayginnes (6-foot-5, 318 pounds) Hamilton HS (Arizona) committed on July 17.

Unrated

TE Brett Bell (6-foot-6, 247 pounds) Hutchinson C.C. (Kansas) committed on July 27

*All ratings are according to scout.com.

Newest Recruits: Building the offense

In back-to-back days, the Sun Devils landed offensive commitments from tight end Brett Bell (July 27) and wide receiver Stanley Lambert (July 28).

Bell, who is Arizona State’s tallest recruit, stands at 6-foot-6. The Wichita, Kansas native hasn’t played a down of college football yet, and will have three years of eligibility at Arizona State. He grayshirted at Kansas State in 2015 and redshirted in 2016, before joining Hutchinson College for the 2017 season. Coming from a football family, Bell’s dad, Mike, was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs as the No. 2 overall pick in the 1972 NFL Draft. His cousin, Blake, currently plays for the San Francisco 49ers. While he has no college films to watch, here’s his high school highlights.

Lambert is listed as a wide receiver by Scout, but also played as a defensive back and kick returner in his junior season at Marshall HS (San Antonio). Lambert led Marshall with 15 kickoff returns for 473 yards and averaged 31.5 yards per return. Lambert’s catching, running and even blocking abilities can be found in his junior year highlights.

Grand Canyon State recruits? Try elsewhere

With 21 commitments in its 2017 class, Arizona State had nine commits from Arizona. In its 2018 class, the Sun Devils posses just one; Hamilton HS (Chandler) offensive lineman Hunter Mayginnes.

Based on location, the best of Arizona State’s recruits haven’t came from Arizona anyways, as the headlines of ASU’s 2017 class were four stars Blake Barnett (California), Eno Benjamin (Texas) and Alex Perry (Nevada). In its 2018 class, The Sun Devils currently hold three four-star commits, and all three (Reggie Hughes, Demetrious Flowers and Elyjah Doyle) come from California.

In the state of Texas, the Sun Devils have retained four commits who are all three stars. Dominique Harrison ranks as the No. 1 JUCO cornerback in the state, and Michael Matus holds the best 20-yard shuttle time in the nation among defensive ends at 4.20 seconds. Lambert is Arizona State’s latest commit, as he did so on July 28, and Brock Sturges, who committed on June 9, was the Sun Devils’ third commit.

Hunting Down Prospects

While five-star Kennesaw, Georiga QB Justin Fields is Arizona State’s most highly-touted target, here are a few recruits the Sun Devils are far more likely see in maroon in gold.

Joey Ramos — The three-star offensive tackle from Deer Valley HS (Arizona) was seen at Arizona State football practice on Sunday, and also has the Sun Devils in his top six. Being a local recruit, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound lineman, is the No. 2 ranked OT in Arizona, according to Scout.com.

Nikko Hall — Hall is a four-star WR who had 51 catches for 1,026 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior season. He attends Calabasas HS (California) with already ASU commit Reggie Hughes who is also a four-star. The two might team up and both head to Tempe.

Mar’Quess Daniels — Daniels, a three-star defensive end, visited ASU on July 29 and has Arizona State in his top four. Daniels had 40 tackles and seven sacks in his freshman season at Arizona Western College and says he will make a commitment on Aug. 10.

Solomon Enis — The No. 1 wide receiver in Arizona in the class of 2018 is the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Phoenix native who attends North Canyon HS. Enis, a four-star, visited ASU on July 14, and could potentially be the Sun Devils’ biggest in-state pledge.