2017 Arizona State Sun Devils Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Arizona State Sun Devils Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Class to be updated and adjusted on Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Arizona State Recruiting Class Overview
It’s not one of the Pac-12’s better classes, but it could be full of difference-makers. The Sun Devils targeted specific spots for potential stars, rather than go with a strength-in-numbers shot at certain positions. Eno Benjamin was a steal of a running back, and Ryan Kelley and former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett are great-looking options who fit the ASU mold. More on this in a moment, but signing kicker Brandon Ruiz could be one of the league’s biggest instant-impact players.
The Arizona State Class Is Heavy On …
Running back. The combination of Benjamin and Trelon Smith adds to ultra-quick backs to the equation early on. Todd Graham is bringing aboard a few excellent-looking tight ends, and again, the two new quarterbacks help out an already good situation, but the backs should be a huge deal early on.
The Star of the Arizona State Class Is …
RB Eno Benjamin, 5-10, 203, Wylie, TX – The powerhouse back from Texas was given the big pitch from the Longhorns, along with a slew of other Big 12 programs, but now he has the potential to be the bellcow back for the ASU offense. While he might not be a blazer, he’s extremely quick to go along with the toughness, power, and the productive resume to carry the attack.
The Arizona State Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Kicker – and this is where Ruiz might come in. The rest of the 2017 Sun Devils look relatively solid in terms of experience. They could use a few more receivers, and the defensive front takes a wee bit of a hit, but this is a veteran team with plenty of depth. However, losing Zane Gonzalez hurts. The Lou Groza winner as the nation’s best kicker hit 23-of-25 field goals and all but one extra point.