The 2018 Arizona State Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Arizona State Recruiting Class Overview
Give ol’ Herm a little while.
It would’ve been nice if there was a little more continuity to give the recruiting season a little more juice – and it needed it after a mediocre haul last year.
Herm Edwards is a master motivator with the personality and will to do what’s needed to get the talent to Tempe, but wait until next year after he gets a chance to crank up the machine.
This year, he was able to keep on a slew of defensive backs, since up two good running backs in AJ Carter out of Louisiana and speedy Brock Sturges out of Texas, but he’s going to need bulk linemen in next year’s class.
There isn’t much for the passing game, but again, the running backs are interesting, and the jobs will be open in 2019.
Defensively, Reggie Hughes was a terrific linebacker signing, and …
The Arizona State Class Is Heavy On …
Of course a former NFL DB is going to make sure his secondary is sound.
Edwards didn’t get any superstars, but he was able to sign on enough talent to hope for a few of the options to step up.
Terin Adams is for the right now – the 6-0, 190-pound corner comes from the City College of San Francisco.
6-3, 207-pound Stanley Lambert is a thumper of a safety out of San Antonio, and Eli Doyle is an Ivy League-smart safety out of just outside of Los Angeles who hits like a linebacker.
The Star of the Arizona State Class Is …
LB Reggie Hughes, 6-2, 205
He could use a few more pounds before he’s ready to roll, but he plays big.
Versatile enough to be used in a variety of linebacking roles, he’s an outside pass rusher who’ll be turned loose once he gets his feet wet. Nebraska made a push, and so did Michigan State, but the Pac-12 made the biggest attempt with UCLA, Oregon, and Washington State all vying for his services.
The Arizona State Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Leading tackler Christian Sam is gone early to the NFL, and DJ Calhoun is done, too, after finishing second on the team with 99 stops. J’Marcus Rhodes being done, and solid-tackling Chad Adams finished means ASU has to replace its top four tacklers from last year.
In all, six of the top ten tacklers are done.
There aren’t a lot of linebackers to count on from this year’s class – Hughes might be needed to fill in a hole or two right away.