TEMPE, Ariz. -- With Arizona State's fall camp in full swing, and the start of the 2013 regular season just two weeks away, it's easy to lose sight of the team's recruiting efforts.
The work on the recruiting trail never stops, and last Saturday was the latest example. Just hours after the team's scrimmage at Camp Tonotzona, the #Boom bus filled two more seats with a pair of highly-rated defensive players.
For those unfamiliar with the #Boom, it has become a trend for ASU's coaching staff to tweet "#Boom" once a prospective recruit has given his verbal commitment to the program.
Those two additions now bring the team's total to 13 verbal commitments in the 2014 class. While they will not officially become Sun Devils and are free to continue exploring other schools until they are able to sign their letters of intent on National Signing Day on February 5th, the success ASU is having thus far is a very encouraging sign that head coach Todd Graham.
The current list of verbal commits, and their star-rating by the four major recruiting services, is as follows:
Offensive Commits: 4
Defensive Commits: 9
Current Class Rankings: Scout 31st, Rivals: 38th, ESPN 38th, 247: 39th
By State: California (5), Texas (3), Arizona (1), Nevada (1), Utah (1), Oregon (1), Louisiana (1)
ASU continues to mine the fertile California grounds that have formed the core of their classes in recent years, but the three commits from Texas (after three in the 2013 class) are an encouraging sign under Graham, himself a native Texan. ASU also secured another commit from Louisiana in Anderson, after nabbing two from the state last class.
Quick Look at Offense So Far...
The headliner of the class thus far was the addition of quarterback Manny Wilkins. ASU had missed out on a quarterback in the last two classes, and was spurned last signing day by long-time commit Josh Dobbs, who opted to go to Tennessee.
Wilkins not only brings an impressive mix of physical and intangible skills, but has also been an aggressive unofficial recruiter on ASU's behalf, trying to rally other elite prospects to come to Tempe (listen to an in-depth interview with Wilkins here).
The other big story, and the consensus top-rated prospect, figures to be on the receiving end of Wilkins' future passes: wide receiver Tyler Whiley. The dynamic playmaker's commit is not only significant for his skills, but he is another local recruit ASU was able to convince to stay home (listen to Whiley discuss his commitment).
Another weapon was added in wide receiver Nick Alexander, a player whose blend of size and speed, and Alex Anderson brings upside to the team at guard. The team will aggressively pursue players at running back
Quick Look at Defense So Far...
ASU had not had success in the state of Oregon since landing Bo Moos in 2007, but that changed on Saturday, when one of the #Booms welcomed defensive lineman Connor Humphreys, a Top 100 player according to Rivals.
The team also landed a pair of defenders from Allen High School in Texas in Christian Sam and cornerback Chad Adams. Landing Sam, a former Baylor commit, gives ASU another speedy, and versatile, tool.
The bulk of the group is in the secondary, where Adams is joined by recent commit Armand Perry, along with athletic safeties Jordan Thomas, Dasmond Tautalatasi, Jamal Scott, and Coltin Gerhart (brother of former Sun Devil Garth Gerhart).
With over five months to go until Signing Day, buckle up. It's going to be a wild ride.