Arizona State keeps commitments despite turnover
Arizona State lost two of its top recruiters and three other coaches for various reasons, putting a dent in its 2016 recruiting efforts.
Despite the turnover, the Sun Devils still managed to sign all the players who previously committed, pulling together a strong recruiting class that includes one of the best receivers in the country.
''I think it speaks volumes about where our program is, the respect our program has and being able to hang on to these guys,'' Arizona State coach Todd Graham said Wednesday, the first day recruits can sign a national letter of intent. ''I think we could have easily had a top-15 class if you don't have that, but that's just part of it.''
Despite not having Mike Norvell (Memphis' new head coach) and Bo Graham (personal reasons), the Sun Devils had a class that ranked between 25 and 36 among the top four most popular recruiting websites. The class includes N'Keal Harry, a five-star receiver from nearby Chandler High School coveted by several other big-name programs.
Other things to know:
Top 25 Class: No.
Best in class: N'Keal Harry. Big and athletic, the 6-foot-4 200-pound Harry not only gives the Sun Devils a big-play threat, but is a local product who decided to stay in the Valley of the Sun. ''I can't tell you how excited I am about this guy,'' Graham said.
Best of the rest: ATH Chase Lucas. Though thin for his frame - 6-foot, 170 pounds - Lucas can play safety or cornerback and could play slot receiver. He was a teammate of Harry's at Chandler.
Late addition: none.
One that got away: DB Byron Murphy. The Sun Devils made a big push to get the local product, but he signed with Washington on Wednesday.
How they'll fit in: The Sun Devils have some holes to fill after a disappointing six-win season in 2015. Harry should have an immediate impact in ASU's high-octane offense and two JUCO transfers should solidify the O-line. Arizona State also took steps to shore up its pass rush and shaky secondary.
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