The Arizona State Sun Devils enter this week with only 15 players in the 2021 class. There’s a good chance that Herm Edwards goes into what he calls “free agency” or better known as a the transfer portal to help fill the scholarships left from this class.
Here are five players that Arizona State might pursue.
Arik Gilbert, TE, LSU
247Sports Original Ranking: Five-star, 5th overall, 1st TE in 2020 class
This is the pipe dream for the Sun Devils and Zak Hill’s offense. Gilbert was one of the highest-rated tight ends ever in the 247Sports system.
Gilbert hasn’t officially entered the portal but everything is pointed to his departure. The 6-foot-5 tight end caught 35 passes last season for 368 yards and two touchdowns.
Jackson Lowe, TE, Tennessee
247Sports Original Ranking: Four-star, 341st overall, 12th TE in 2019 class
Lowe didn’t record a stat in his two seasons at Tennessee. However, he was highly-recruited coming out of high school.
Tennessee landed the tight end despite him receiving interest and offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame and plenty more. Lowe seems to need a fresh start and Tempe might be the place to do it.
Triston Miller, OT, North Carolina
247Sports Original Ranking: Four-star, 351st overall, 30th OT in 2019 class
Miller was a top player in the state of North Carolina and decided to stay home with the Tar Heels. He decided to opt-out of the 2020 season due to family reasons after his brother passed away. He is poised to be a good run blocker.
For what it’s worth, Edwards and Antonio Pierce both follow him on Twitter despite the Sun Devils not pursuing him out of high school.
Sean Auwae, OC, Vanderbilt
247Sports Original Ranking: Three-star, 522nd overall, 5th OC in 2016 class
Edwards has talked about wanting to bring in transfers that have multiple years of eligibility. Auwae wouldn’t necessarily fit that mold as he’d come into a new school from Vandy as a graduate student.
Nevertheless, the Hawaii product was originally recruited by ASU. Auwae could be a similar player for the Sun Devils like Kellen Diesch and Henry Hattis were during this past recruiting cycle.
Matthew Pola-Mao, DT, Kansas State
247Sports Original Ranking: Three-star, 545th overall, 40th DT in 2019 class
The Sun Devils had interest in the former Chandler High School product in the 2019 cycle. Every team can use more talent in the trenches and Pola-Mao can help establish more Arizona-based players that Sun Devil fans want to see.