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Arizona State OC Rob Likens believes redshirt senior WR Ryan Jenkins is one of their "top two or three receivers."

Jenkins is going on his sixth year of eligibility after transferring from Tennessee and breaking his collarbone last season at Arizona State. Likens said, "He has great leadership skills and he's probably our best route runner." Jenkins is still recovering from the collarbone injury and was unable to participate in most spring practices, but should receive some playing time in the fall as long as he is healthy.
Jun 14 - 4:12 PM

Arizona State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Joey Yellen.

Yellen picks the Sun Devils over offers from Georgia, Washington State, Oregon State and Boise State. He's the second player in the 2019 class to commit to Arizona State, and it just so happens that both are quarterbacks with Ethan Long committing a week earlier. Yellen is the the more likely "signal-caller of the future;" ranking 13th in 247 Sports composite ranking of the top pro-style quarterbacks. With prototypical size and reports of a strong arm, he could be the starter for Herm Edwards before the end of the decade.
Jun 11 - 11:50 AM

Arizona State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 QB Ethan Long.

Long also had offers from Boise State and Utah, and was considering several Ivy League schools as well. He ranks 70th among pro-style quarterbacks in the 2019 class in 247 Sports rankings, and 12th among players coming out of Oregon. He was a standout at events earlier this spring, so it sounds like Long is a late-riser in the recruiting world, and that Arizona State gets a commit from an underrated member of the 2019 class.
Jun 4 - 1:51 PM

Arizona State redshirt senior LB Koron Crump was named to the preseason Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list.

Crump (6'3/215) was healthy for just two games last season -- he racked up four sacks in that minor space -- before being sidelined by a knee injury for the remainder of the campaign. ASU subsequently applied for a medical redshirt on his behalf, with that being bestowed upon the linebacker over the winter. Back for one last ride, now, Crump will look to pick up where he left off during a fully healthy 2016 season, one in which he logged 37 tackles (10.5 for loss), nine sacks and a trio of forced fumbles.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 1 - 4:24 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior RB Nick Ralston transitioned to linebacker in the spring.

Ralston (6'0/221) rushed for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2016, but saw just four carries during the most recent campaign. He wasn't realistically going to be an integral part of the offensive attack this year, making his shift to linebacker a logical one. Look for Eno Benjamin to handle the bulk of the work out of the backfield down in the desert as the team looks to transition from the outgoing Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard.
May 19 - 1:33 PM

Arizona State signed four-star 2018 LB Merlin Robertson in February.

Robertson was the biggest get for Herm Edwards in his first class with Arizona State. He ranked eighth among outside linebackers on 247 Sports list, and 129th overall. The 6-foot-3, 241-pound defender was also considering schools like Oregon, LSU and Oklahoma before settling on the Sun Devils. Don't be surprised if Robertson is one of the few freshman who has a chance to play early in the Arizona State defense.
May 14 - 12:03 PM

Arizona State signed three-star 2018 WR Geordon Porter in February.

Porter (6'2/180) may have "only" been considered a three-star player, but he had offers from schools like Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UCLA; among several others. Reports indicate that he's among the faster players at the position, and that he also has excellent vertical ability. Don't be surprised if Arizona State finds a way to get the ball in his hands in various ways in 2018.
Source: 247 Sports
May 11 - 6:09 PM

Lions signed Arizona State DE JoJo Wicker.

Wicker (6’2/296) turned pro as a junior after starting each of his final two seasons and tallying 32 career tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. Wicker tested as an average athlete in Indy, running 5.16 with a 30-inch vertical. A gap shooter who played all over the Sun Devils’ defensive front, Wicker’s penetration skills and versatility give him a shot to become a rotational interior contributor.
May 3 - 11:12 AM

Broncos selected Arizona State OG Sam Jones with the No. 183 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Jones (6’5/305) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting for two years on the Sun Devils’ line, earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 from the conference’s coaches in 2017 and allowing zero sacks or QB hits in his final year. Unfortunately, Jones got overpowered far too often on college tape and tested as a ninth-percentile athlete before the draft. Jones’ probable ceiling is a swing-interior reserve.
Apr 28 - 4:01 PM

Patriots selected Arizona State LB Christian Sam with the No. 178 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Sam (6’1/244) turned pro after starting for two years on the Sun Devils’ defense, logging 17 career tackles for loss, seven sacks, and three interceptions. Only an honorable mention All-Pac 12 pick by the conference’s coaches last season, Sam showed viable NFL athleticism in Indy with 40th-percentile SPARQ results and a 4.75 forty time. Built to thump and an efficient tackler, Sam should offer immediate special teams value with a shot to start at inside linebacker down the road.
Apr 28 - 3:49 PM

Dolphins selected Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage with the No. 131 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Ballage (6’2/228) was a four-year committee back for the Sun Devils, amassing a 450/1,984/4.4/27 career rushing line and 82/684/8.3/2 receiving. Ballage never averaged more than 14.2 touches per game in college. Although his rushing efficiency was pedestrian, Ballage looks the part of a true three-down back at times, and shined at the Senior Bowl as a receiver. He showed high-end size-adjusted athleticism in Indy and ran 4.46. Ballage has a history of ball-security woes, however, and some scouts thought he "looked like tarzan, played like jane." Ballage was a college underachiever with a chance to be better in the pros.
Apr 28 - 1:37 PM

An NFL scout speaking with Bob McGinn Football said that Arizona State RB Kalen Ballage "has a chance to be dynamic."

"But he’s got to prove it over the long haul that he can do it day in and day out from the standpoint of being tough," the scout said. "I could see somebody jumping up in the third round because the talent is there." The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder is one of the more athletic prospects at his position, but we have our questions about his vision and approach to the field. NDT Scouting's Kyle Crabbs has compared him to Vikings RB Latavius Murray.
Apr 24 - 3:00 PM

An AFC executive told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein the Arizona State LB Christian Sam doesn't make you "check the tape again."

"He makes a bunch of stops and he's always around the ball but you never really see those 'run the tape back again' type of plays to get you excited," the executive told Zierlein. Sam does "look the part" according to Zierlein (6'2/237) and he has the versatility to play either the SAM or WILL. While he does have athleticism, he doesn't always show that speed on tape, and he can get out of position when he guesses rather than diagnoses. Zierlein gives him a fifth-to-sixth round grade, so expect to see Sam's name called at some point on Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 12:33 PM

AN AFC regional scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Arizona State DT Joseph "JoJo" Wicker offers "good upside."

"Great kid. Smart. He's a little quiet but he competes really hard and he's got good upside. I think a coach is going to be very excited once they realize they've got some talent that they can work with," the scout told Zierlein. Wicker entered the draft after making 13 tackles for loss -- including six sacks -- and Zierlein projects him to go late on Day 3 or possibly be a priority free agent.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 7:59 PM

Arizona State hired former program WR Derek Hagan to serve as an offensive analyst.

This off-field analyst post will be Hagan's first job in the coaching ranks at any level, college or professional. He played wide receiver at Arizona State from 2002-05 -- twice being named an all-conference performer -- before landing with the Dolphins as a third-round pick in the 2006 draft. He ultimately put together an eight-year NFL career before hanging up the cleats in 2014.
Source: Diehards
Apr 12 - 3:53 PM


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