Graham signs another top-25 class at Arizona State

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Success on the field helped Arizona State on the recruiting trail last season.

Another strong season, another strong recruiting class.

After a second straight 10-win season, Sun Devils coach Todd Graham brought in a second straight recruiting class ranked among the nation's best on Wednesday, national signing day.

"The deal is we can get in doors now because of the success we've had with the elite recruits, to be able to be in attendance and be able to go and compete," Graham said. "And we did that."

The Sun Devils' 22-player class was rated No. 19 nationally by Scout and 21st by Rivals, rankings punctuated by the late addition of Joseph Wicker.

An explosive defensive lineman from Long Beach, California, Wicker had been deciding between several schools before calling Graham late Tuesday night to tell him he was headed to the desert, causing the coach to jump out of bed and do a "happy dance."

"I screamed at the top of my lungs when he said he wanted to be a Sun Devil and startled my wife a little bit," Graham. "And startled him a little bit, because it was real late at night."

Arizona State also stocked up on linemen on both sides of the ball and picked up a couple of solid quarterback prospects, including Brady White from Newhall, California.

Mike Bercovici, who filled in when Taylor Kelly was hurt last season, will be the starter next season, but has one year of eligibility left.

Arizona State's 2015 class includes 19 freshmen and three junior-college transfers, including linebacker Davon Durant and tight end Raymond Epps, both ranked among the best at their positions among JUCO players.

The Sun Devils' success on the field - three straight bowl berths under Graham - helped make it possible.

"How we've been received differently is because of the success we've had on the field and how the elite players are obviously ... we have a chair at the table," Graham said. "So that's different."

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ARIZONA STATE

Top 25 Class: Yes

Best in class: Joseph Wicker, DL, Long Beach, California

Best of the rest: QB Brady White, Newhall, California

Late addition: Wicker.

One that got away: Paul Lucas, RB, committed to Arizona State but went to Oregon State.

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2015 Arizona State signing day list

ARIZONA STATE

Jalen Bates, dl, 6-5, 240, Kaplan, La./Kaplan HS.

Cade Cote, ol, 6-3, 275, Gilbert, Ariz./Williams Field HS.

Davon Durant, lb, 6-2, 230, Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood HS/Butler CC.

Raymond Epps, te, 6-5, 235, Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central HS/Arizona Western CC.

Morie Evans, rb, 5-11, 205, Huntsville, Texas/Huntsville HS.

Dillon Faamatau, ol, 6-4, 290, Norwalk, Calif./Norwalk HS.

Tommy Hudson, te, 6-5, 250, San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS.

Malik Lawal, lb, 6-1, 225, Temecula, Calif./Chaparral HS.

George Lea, dl, 6-3, 260, New Orleans, La./Landry-Walker HS.

Jason Lewis, rb, 6-3, 235, Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes HS.

Steven Miller, ol, 6-4, 270, Gilbert, Ariz./Gilbert HS.

Stanley "Scrappy" Norman, db, 6-0, 180, Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra HS

Kareem Orr, db, 6-0, 191, Chattanooga, Tenn./Notre Dame HS.

Bryce Perkins, qb, 6-3, 210, Chandler, Ariz./Chandler HS.

Nick Ralston, ath, 6-1, 225, Argyle, Texas/Argyle HS.

Deonte Reynolds, dl, 6-5, 325, Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley HS/Contra Costa College.

Zach Robertson, ol, 6-5, 322, Bellflower, Calif./Bellflower HS.

Khaylan Thomas, lb, 6-2, 220, Etiwanda, Calif./Etiwanda HS.

Mason Walter, ol, 6-5, 290, Temecula, Calif./Chaparral HS.

Brady White, qb, 6-2, 186, Newhall, Calif./Hart HS.

Joseph Wicker, dl, 6-4, 278, Long Beach, Calif./Poly HS.

Jay Jay Wilson, rb, 6-3, 230, Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS.

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Pac-12 signing day capsules

ARIZONA

Top 25 Class: No.

Best in class: OL Keenan Walker, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Best of the rest: DE Anthony Fotu, Oakland, California.

Late addition: None.

One that got away: None.

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ARIZONA STATE

Top 25 Class: Yes.

Best in class: Joseph Wicker, DL, Long Beach, California.

Best of the rest: QB Brady White, Newhall, California.

Late addition: Wicker.

One that got away: Paul Lucas, RB, committed to Arizona State but went to Oregon State.

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CALIFORNIA

Top 25 Class: No

Best in class: Carlos Strickland, WR, Dallas.

Best of the rest: Russell Ude, DE, Atlanta; Lonny Powell, RB, Sacramento, California; Jaylinn Hawkins, ATH, Buena Park, California.

Late addition: Semisi Uluave, OL, Honolulu.

One that got away: Keith Washington, CB, Prattville, Alabama.

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COLORADO

Top 25 Class: No.

Best in class: Patrick Carr, RB, Houston.

Best of the rest: Alex Kinney, P, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Late addition: Carr.

Two that got away: DB-WR Jeremy Kelly to San Jose State and LB Jay Hockaday to Vanderbilt.

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OREGON

Top 25 Class: Yes

Best in class: Canton Kaumatule, DE, Hawaii.

Best of the rest: Travis Waller, QB, Anaheim, California.

Late addition: Jonah Moi, LB, Riverside City College, originally committed to Washington State but flipped Tuesday night.

One that got away: Rasheem Green, DT, Gardena, California, signed with USC.

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OREGON STATE

Top 25 Class: No .

Best in class: Christian Folau, LB, Salt Lake City.

Best of the rest: Deltron Sands, RB, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Late addition: Jay Irvine, CB, Jacksonville, Florida.

One that got away: Keivonnis Davis, DE, committed to Oregon State but chose Florida.

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Top 25 Class: Yes.

Best in class: Iman Marshall, DB, Long Beach, California.

Best of the rest: Rasheem Green, DL, Gardena, California.

Late addition: Porter Gustin, LB, Salem, Utah.

One that got away: Cordell Broadus, WR, Las Vegas.

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STANFORD

Top 25 Class: Yes.

Best in class: Trenton Irwin, WR, Hart, Valencia, California.

Best of the rest: Nick Wilson, OG, Milton (Ga.) High.

Late addition: Quenton Meeks, CB, Del Norte, San Diego.

One that got away: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, committed to Norte Dame on signing day.

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UCLA

Top 25 Class: Yes.

Best in class: Josh Rosen, QB, Manhattan Beach, California.

Best of the rest: Chris Clark, TE, Ridgewood, N.J.; Keisean Lucier-South, LB, Orange, California; Fred Ulu-Perry, OL, Honolulu.

Late addition: Clark, Sotonye Jambo, RB, Plano, Texas; Cordell Broadus, WR, Los Angeles.

One that got away: Joseph Wicker, DL, Long Beach, California, committed to Arizona State..

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UTAH

Top 25 Class: No.

Best in class: Cory Butler, DB, Los Angeles.

Best of the rest: Philip Afia, S, Chino Hills, California.

Late addition: Darrin Paulo, OL, Sacramento, California.

One that got away: Porter Gustin, LB, Salem Hills, Utah, chose to play at USC.

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WASHINGTON

Top 25 Class: On the bubble.

Best in class: Jake Browning, QB, Granite Bay, California.

Best of the rest: Benning Potoa'e, DE, DuPont, Washington.

Late addition: Potoa'e didn't verbally commit until late January.

One that got away: Chris Warren, RB, Rockwell, Texas. Warren selected the Longhorns over Washington.

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WASHINGTON STATE

Top 25 Class: No

Best in class: Tyler Hilinski, QB, Upland, California.

Best of the rest: Jeremiah Mitchell, DE, Riverside CC; Kyrin Priester, WR, Lilburn, Ga.

Late addition: T.J. Fehoko, de, Murray, Utah.

One that got away: Dahu Green, WR, Oklahoma City.

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