The second phase of National Signing Day (Feb. 7) is just under three weeks away, and ASU is making its push for some top level talent. On the home front, the Devils are welcoming the Under Armour All-America Game MVP Maurice Washington to Tempe this weekend.
The 6-foot, 185-pound running back from Trinity Christian High School in Cedar Hill, Texas announced his visit via twitter.
Arizona state today— maurice washington 3 (@Mo_is_blessed) January 19, 2018
Washington is rated as a three-star prospect by 247sports, but ESPN ranks him as a four-star and the 244th best player in the country.
Although both outlets denote that Washington has yet to be offered by ASU, the running back does hold offers from powerhouses including Georgia, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, USC and others.
At Trinity Christian, Washington ran for 1,253 yards and 15 touchdowns while also adding 582 yards and nine touchdowns through the air in his senior season.
But his performance that put the hardware in his arms after the All-America Game saw Washington tally 159 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns — including this amazing run:
Is Maurice Washington @Mo_is_blessed just a 3-star guy?— Hiro Katsuki (@NittanyEagles) January 4, 2018
I don't agree. pic.twitter.com/DFzkJpRcBp
Other Tempe visitors
Three-star offensive guard Jarrett Bell also announced he would be making a trip to Tempe this weekend on Twitter.
Visiting ASU this weekend pic.twitter.com/wIaGjRt2B1— Jarrett Bell (@jarrett_bell_99) January 19, 2018
The offensive guard from Norco, California looked to be heading to Alabama after committing there in August, but in November he announced had decommitted, leaving the door open for others around the country.
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound guard also holds offers from Pac-12 schools UCLA, Washington State and Arizona.
The highest-rated prospect that has or recently will make a visit to ASU is safety Aashari Crosswell, who stopped by ASU this week.
My Official visit to Arizona state... what y’all think? #FORKSUP pic.twitter.com/9gtbq57oYP— BDI (@YkgAashari) January 17, 2018
Crosswell is ranked as a four-star by ESPN, who ranks him as the 102nd best player in the ESPN 300, and 247sports, whose predictions say he has an 85 percent chance to be headed to Tempe.
The Long Beach, California native went to school at Long Beach Poly where now Sun Devil linebackers coach Antonio Pierce coached from 2014-17.
Coaches getting around
While some recruits are making visits to Tempe, the Arizona State coaches are visiting them, wherever they are.
Maybe the best part about the recruiting so far has been the twitter exchanges between Pierce and running backs coach John Simon. The two have talked to each other via Twitter, quote tweeting and asking one another questions.
Simon, a native of Louisiana, announced yesterday, in a quote tweet of Pierce, that he was traveling to there to recruit.
Caught a ✈️ to Louisiana, ’s on these #Louisianimals https://t.co/6fSvwa8csC— John Ray Simon Jr. (@johnsimon31) January 18, 2018
Pierce has been in California as of late, recently visiting three-star linebacker Darien Butler.
Great Home Visit With ASU Thank You Coach Pierce #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/G6DItCgwZE— King.D (@DarienButler20) January 18, 2018
Also in California is offensive coordinator Rob Likens and wide receivers coach Charlie Fisher. The two were spotted in a twitter picture posted by three-star wide receiver Geordon Porter on Friday.
Great home visit from Arizona State yesterday!!#ForksUp pic.twitter.com/xLzmzB9TIq— GP® (@GeordonPorter) January 19, 2018