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Orange Coast College (JUCO) sophomore OL Alex Losoya committed to Arizona State.

He made the announcement on Saturday, confirming that the Sun Devils had beat out Auburn for his services. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder also held offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisville, Missouri, New Mexico State and Texas State. "I only have three years and a redshirt to play," he said. "So I want to go somewhere where I will be an immediate impact. Going to a place where you know you fit socially is part of it too, but playing time and academics are the biggest things for me."
Source: AL.com
May 22 - 4:18 PM

Texas graduate CB Bryson Echols transferred to Arizona State.

Echols will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder played sparingly during his time with the Longhorns. He made one lonesome start (appearing in 26 games). This shouldn't be a difficult blow for HC Charlie Strong.
May 21 - 5:07 PM

ESPN's David Lombardi wrote that Arizona State junior RB Kalen Ballage has "shown a freakish combination of strength and athleticism on multiple occasions."

Ballage is not the Sun Devils' lead back, as Demario Richard remains HC Todd Graham's main man. Even playing off-spotlight, Ballage still managed to impress in 2015, rushing for 653 yards (5.2 YPC) and four touchdowns while catching 12 passes for 60 yards. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder also saw limited work as a kickoff returner. Graham has tinkered around with him as a linebacker in practice previously, but that has not been put into game action.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 10:47 PM

Oklahoma redshirt freshman WR John Humphrey transferred to Arizona State.

Oklahoma’s Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year last season was last seen returning punts for the Sooners during the team’s spring game. In addition to special teams duties, Humphrey was expected to get broken in to the offense this year. Instead, the former four-star recruit will join the Sun Devils. Humphrey will sit out this fall and be eligible as a redshirt sophomore in 2017.
May 9 - 7:49 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill wrote that Arizona State four-star QB commitment Ryan Kelley "has yet to grow into his frame, and shows significant physical development upside."

Luginbill offered a bold comparison for Kelley, writing that he reminds the him of Texas Tech phenom Patrick Mahomes. "Mahomes carries much more bulk and weight to his frame which will come later for Kelley. Their arm talent and gunslinging, often improvisational play, is very similar," the analyst wrote. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder cracks the ESPN 300 at No. 92. "He [has] a gunslinger's feel to his game," Luginbill noted, "playing primarily out of the shotgun in a spread scheme that really utilizes his versatility." He is a likely redshirt candidate for Arizona State in 2017, assuming he actually signs with Arizona State. He had been committed to Oregon as of November before backing out on the Ducks last week.
May 9 - 1:26 PM

Four-star QB Ryan Kelley committed to Arizona State for 2017.

Kelley had been committed to Oregon as of November, but opted to pursue other avenues this week. The Chandler, Arizona, native announced his decision to commit to the Sun Devils via Twitter on Friday, writing that the program fits his skill set and personality. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound gunslinger ranks as Rivals' No. 5 pro-style quarterback and their No. 134 overall recruit.
May 8 - 3:04 PM

Bengals signed Arizona State LB Antonio Longino.

Longino (6'2/235) made 22 starts for the Sun Devils, compiling 29 career tackles for loss with 14 sacks and three forced fumbles. Something of a "one-year wonder," Longino broke through as a senior, leading the Pac 12 in both tackles for loss (22.5) and sacks (11) in 2015. He only earned honorable mention All-Pac 12, however, and showed mediocre athleticism for his size at ASU's Pro Day, running 4.69 with a 31-inch vertical. An undersized edge player, Longino is going to have to pay his dues on special teams. He does offer some sub-rusher potential down the line.
May 3 - 8:49 PM

Redskins signed Arizona State CB Lloyd Carrington.

Carrington (5'11/194) made 29 starts in ASU's secondary, amassing eight career tackles for loss, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles. He never got higher than honorable mention as an All-Pac 12 selection. Carrington turned in a pedestrian Pro Day workout, running 4.6-flat with a 10-foot-3 broad jump and 34-inch vertical. Carrington's experience as a special teams gunner will be his best path to an NFL roster spot.
May 3 - 3:20 PM

Chargers signed Arizona State QB Mike Bercovici.

Bercovici (6'1/206) made 16 starts for the Wildcats, completing 60.5 percent of his career throws with a 7.4 YPA and 42:13 TD-to-INT ratio. While not particularly big or athletic, Bercovici flashes powerful arm strength and functional pocket mobility. A favorite deep sleeper of both Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman and NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, Bercovici has an outside chance to develop into a No. 2 quarterback.
May 2 - 4:19 PM

Patriots signed Arizona State WR D.J. Foster.

Foster (5'10/193) spent his first three college seasons at running back before converting to wideout, posting 59-584-3 (9.90 YPR) receiving as a senior. He added a career rushing line of 444-2,355-18 (5.30 YPC) and caught 222 passes, second most in Sun Devils history. Foster is on the sluggish side athletically with 4.57 speed and a 9-foot-9 broad jump, and his college conversion to receiver generally failed. Foster's lack of special teams experience will also work against him.
May 1 - 2:38 PM

Patriots selected Arizona State WR Devin Lucien with the No. 225 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Lucien (6'1/201) spent one year at ASU after transferring from UCLA, leading the team in catches (66), yards (1,075) and touchdowns (eight). Lucien was nearly unstoppable on fade routes in college and has NFL-level ball skills, dropping just five passes over his final two seasons. Lucien helped himself at the Sun Devils' Pro Day, blazing 4.49 with quality agility scores. Lucien lacks dominant size and overall athleticism, but he is a crisp route runner with sure hands. He has a chance to become a useful contributor if given the opportunity.
Apr 30 - 5:45 PM

Bengals selected Arizona State OG Christian Westerman with the No. 161 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Westerman (6'3/298) made 25 starts on Arizona's line, earning second-team All-Pac 12 as a senior. He showed his strength in Indy with 34 bench-press reps, but tested poorly athletically. Westerman atones for his slim build with long arms (33 1/2") for an interior lineman, as well as gargantuan hands (11 7/8"). Best suited to zone block, Westerman showed signs of pro readiness in pass protection at ASU and just enough punch to believe he could hold his own immediately as a run blocker. His best NFL position will be center.
Apr 30 - 3:13 PM

An anonymous NFL scout believes Arizona State G Christian Westerman's best position is "probably is at center."

The scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he believes Westerman is an NFL starter. A different evaluator isn't as enthused. "Overhyped," a second scout said. "He's weight-room strong but he doesn't play to that. He's just kind of a guy to me." Westerman posted 34 reps on the bench at the Combine, tied for the most among offensive linemen. "He can lift the weight room but if you made a move on him he'd fall flat on his face," a third scout said. "I know he's tough, and those guys play. He's tight and straight-line."
Apr 27 - 1:08 PM

Oklahoma redshirt freshman WR John Humphrey will transfer.

Humphrey announced his decision on Twitter, writing that after speaking with his friends, family and pastor, it will be in his best interest to "take his talents elsewhere." ESPN ranked the 6-foot-1, 160-pound receiver as a four-star recruit out of high school, slotting him into the ESPN 300 at No. 191. No word as of yet as to where Humphrey might be transferring, but he has talent.
Apr 21 - 5:20 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench compares Arizona State WR D.J. Foster to Danny Woodhead of the San Diego Chargers.

After moving from running back to wide receiver last season, the Scouts Inc. team thinks Foster should marry his skills to become "a third-down back with the potential to make a similar impact as Woodhead, who led all NFL running backs in catches (80) and receiving yards (755) last season." Foster has the added benefit of being a bit more athletic, to boot. "Both are above-average route runners with the burst to separate and produce after the catch," Muench wrote. "In addition, defenses have to respect the draw on third-and-medium when they are in the game. While they are not overly powerful, they are tough runners for their size, have good vision and hit the gas as soon as they locate a seam."
Apr 20 - 7:38 PM


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