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Early Signing Period 2019 Preview

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Here come the next batch of Sun Devils

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 30 Arizona at Arizona State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We are within 24 hours of the national Early Signing Period. As things sit, the Arizona State Sun Devils have a small class after a handful of decommitments. There are 14 commits of the class as it stands right now, due to the size 247Sports ranks the class at 46th and Rivals has it 45th in the country.

Although there has been traction picking up with a handful of highly touted receivers will probably bump the class up if all goes to plan. The size of the class most likely won’t be the full 25 allowed on scholarships due to the class last year using Grayshirts and Blueshirts. (For a better understanding of what that means follow this link)

Here’s the recruits currently committed and a few to watch out for.

Commits

Jordan Banks — Four-star LB — Harbor City, CA

Currently the Sun Devils highest rated recruit — inside the top 250 national on both sites — committed back in early October. Banks has offers from top notch programs such as Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, LSU, Penn State, Florida, Auburn and plenty more. He took a visit to Norman in April, Banks also visited USC in December, but nothing appears to be shifting him away from the Sun Devils. He’ll be a big get for Antonio Pierce if he signs on Wednesday.

DeaMonte Trayanum — Four-Star RB — Akron, OH

Trayanum appears to be the plan to fill the departure of Eno Benjamin next season. Much like Banks, Trayanum had plenty of interest from big programs in the nation. After visiting Tempe in May, he spent time on three Big Ten campuses; Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. He also had a good amount of interest from Michigan and Notre Dame. It appears Trayanum, similar to Arizona recruits that leave the state, wanted to get away from home. This story from Jordan Kaye of Devils Digest details it more.

Chad Johnson Jr. — Four-Star WR — Los Angeles, CA

The entire world could fall apart and the son of former NFL wide receiver Ocho Cinco probably stays a Sun Devil. Johnson has been the longest commit of the class, back in October of 2018. If you follow him on Twitter (@chadjohnsonll) you’ll see he’s been a part-time recruiter for the Sun Devils as well. Johnson flirted with Oregon State, where his dad went, but he’s as firm for Herm as anyone.

Omarr Norman-Lott — Four-Star DT — Sacramento, CA

Family helps in this case. Norman-Lott is the nephew of Sun Devil defensive line coach Jamar Cain. Norman-Lott was on the edge of being a four star when he initially committed, and now has been bumped him in the rankings. He looks to be a versatile defensive lineman for the Sun Devils.

Joe Moore — Four/Three-Star DE — St. Louis, MO

Moore has seen a his ranking go down since he committed in October. The hope with Moore is that he can become a solid pass rusher that the Sun Devil defense missed this past season. The seventh highest rated recruit in Missouri took summer visits to North Carolina and Minnesota before his pledge to Arizona State.

DJ Taylor — Three-Star CB — Tampa, FL

When using the 3-3-5 defense, if that sticks, it’s no shock recruiting class for the Sun Devils will be defensive back heavy. Taylor is on the edge of a four-star rating and with the most experienced cornerbacks; Kobe Williams, Chase Lucas and Jack Jones will all be gone either this offseason or next. Taylor being across the country certainly sparked interest from the Sun Devils. Taylor did take a official visit to Louisville in October.

Caleb McCullough — Three-Star LB — Oxnard, CA

McCullough will probably add linebacker depth for the first year before competing for a starting spot. Another Cali Devil recruited by Antonio Pierce and will probably outplay his ranking if Pierce does what he’s done so far. He also took visits to Nebraska and Boise State.

T Lee — Three-Star ATH — Buford, GA

Lee has had the second longest commitment behind only Johnson. The trend for most athletes in the Edwards era has them in the secondary at safety or Tillman position. Lee played wide receiver too. He holds offers from Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas but only visited North Carolina outside of his visit to Arizona State.

Macen Williams — Three-Star CB — Harbor City, CA

Williams is another cornerback set to become a Sun Devil. He currently has a brother, Max Williams, that plays defensive back at USC. He is currently is teammate of Jordan Banks as well. He also had higher interest from Oregon, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Edward Woods — Three-Star CB — Oakland, CA

Woods was the latest Sun Devil commit a few weeks ago. He’s listed as the tallest of the cornerback commits at 6-foot. He’s also taken visits to Pac-12 foes Washington State and Arizona.

Will Shaffer — Three-Star LB — Scottsdale, AZ

Shaffer will be in a similar situation as McCullough, although competition has always been a big thing for Edwards’ Sun Devils. The biggest part of it all though is the Sun Devils keeping contact with one of Arizona’s main pipeline, Saguaro. Shaffer committed back in June and doesn’t hold another Power Five offer.

Ben Bray — Three-Star OT — Mesa, AZ

Bray was once a part a large offensive line commit haul before a round of decommits lately. However, the Sun Devils attempt at players in the transfer portal appears to be the plan for Herm Edwards to get more veteran offensive lineman.

Jacob Nunez — Three-Star OG — Lompoc, CA

Nunez is in the same spot as Bray. He generated a good amount of interest from other Pac-12 schools. Utah, USC, Washington State and Oregon State all have offers out to him. Nunez didn’t take any visit outside of Tempe.

Ryan Morgan — Three-Star WR/TE — Lompoc, CA

Morgan is the cousin of Nunez. It was first reported that Morgan would come along as a preferred walk-on and possibly blueshirt later on. If the Sun Devils get the wide receivers they want it might make sense for Morgan to be used as a tight end with Tommy Hudson graduating.

Names to Watch

Johnny Wilson — Four-Star WR — Calabasas, CA

Wilson is currently an Oregon commit. But that appears it won’t last long, everything including now co-wide receiver coach Prentice Gill has Wilson trending toward being a Sun Devil. Wilson is rated as a top 100 recruit by both sites.

Elijhah Badger — Four-Star WR — Folsom, CA

Getting Badger has two benefits for the Sun Devils. They’d be getting another top notch receiver who is in the top 130 national for all recruits by both sites. Badger took his visit to Tempe in September with Norman-Lott and Folsom High School teammate Daniyel Ngata, who is listed later.

LV Bunkley-Shelton — Four-Star WR — Gardena, CA

Another four-star wide receiver could be making a commitment to the Sun Devils. Bunkley-Shelton is another guy inside the top 250 of both sites rankings. His only visit has been to Tempe, he had a lot of interest from Texas early on in the recruiting stage but has cooled down. He has offers from most Pac-12 schools and the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan.

Kellen Diesch — Four-Star OT — Texas A&M

Diesch is no recruit but rather a grad transfer looking for a new home. After appearing in 23 games for Texas A&M he’s the type Edwards has mentioned for getting experienced players upfront. Current Sun Devil offensive line coach Dave Christensen recruited the former four-star tackle to Texas A&M back in 2016. Diesch recently took a visit to Tempe.

Corey Wren — Three-Star ATH — New Orleans, LA

Wren is a former Georgia commit who had a change of heart a few weeks ago. He is listed as an athlete but with running backs coach Shaun Aguano leading the recruitment it seems like Wren would be put in the backfield if he picks the Sun Devils. Wren is also getting interest from Houston and Maryland, Georgia is still in the running as well.

Daniyel Ngata — Four-Star RB — Folsom, CA

Has talked about before Ngata and Badger would be good gets. Although, Ngata will not be committing on Wednesday his announcement will take place on January 2 as part of the Under Armour All-American game. He was expected to decide early in the year, at one time the Sun Devils were consider the favorite, but decided to postpone it. The Sun Devils will be in the running for the nation’s second ranked all-purpose running back along with Clemson, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Utah.