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Arizona State received a verbal commitment from three-star LB Christian LaValle.

"It's an attack based defense with a lot of blitzing. They told me they like me as a middle or weakside 'backer and I'm fine wherever I play, I just want to get on the field," LaValle explained of his pledge to HC Todd Graham's outfit. Scout.com's Greg Biggins calls him a "classic tough, physical inside backer who plays with a non-stop motor," adding that "[h]e's very smart, instinctive and has a high understanding of how to play the game. He loves to hit and plays with a nice edge to him." The outlet ranks the 6-foot-1, 228-pounder as the No. 5 inside linebacking prospect in the state of California.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 20 - 9:09 PM

Arizona State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 RB Demetrious Flowers.

"The coaches told me I'll have a chance to step in and compete for playing time right away and I think I can do really well in their power running scheme," Flowers said. Scout ranks the Bellflower, California, native as the No. 3 running back prospect in the West region. Outlet analyst Greg Biggins sees the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder as having the potential to develop into an every down back, noting that Flowers is "a downhill back who doesn't try and shake and wiggle too much but is a decisive runner, a one cut and go back and is very tough to bring down in the open field." The analyst is also keen on his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 20 - 4:43 PM

Arizona HC Todd Graham referred to redshirt junior WR Jalen Harvey as "as good a standout this spring" as any.

Harvey, a former four-star recruit, heads into the summer as the starter across from star sophomore N’Keal Harry. With them on the outside and Oklahoma transfer John Humphrey and Texas transfer Ryan Newsome in the slot, the Sun Devils boast one of the Pac-12's best receiving corps. Harvey posted a 21-330-0 line in seven games last season while missing time with an undisclosed injury.
Jun 19 - 3:46 PM

Arizona State declined to extend HC Todd Graham's contract by one year as it has in each of the past four seasons.

Graham received one-year contract extensions every year from 2013-2016, but the days of that particular formality are over. It's been a rough fall from grace for a coach who went 28-12 in his first three years with the school (2012-14), winning the Pac-12 South and Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors in 2013. The Sun Devils have gone 11-14 since. If ASU struggles again, it could be in for tricky divorce proceedings. Graham would be owed the entirety of his salary if he's fired. His annual salary was $3.2 million as of Jan. 1, 2017 and he's under contract for three more years after the 2017 campaign. It's worth noting that Arizona State has also struggled along the recruiting trail this cycle.
Jun 13 - 4:07 PM

The Arizona Republic's Jeff Metcalf writes that Arizona State freshman K Brandon Ruiz "has a good chance of immediately being the replacement for Groza Award winner Zane Gonzalez."

The Browns selected Gonzalez in the seventh round of this spring's draft, leaving a void at placekicker. While it would be a tall task for Ruiz to match Gonzalez's output -- especially as a freshman -- the 5-foot-10, 176-pound kicker did rank as Rivals' No. 3 prospect at the position for the 2017 cycle.
May 16 - 9:00 PM

Arizona State has not received a commitment from a recruit during the 2018 cycle.

For reference's sake, Washington is currently out ahead of the Pac-12 pack with eight commitments -- six of whom are four-star names. Coming off a 5-7 season in 2016, the wheels of this train could fall off completely within the next few years unless the Sun Devils are able to start stringing together commitments.
Source: Rivals
May 11 - 9:55 PM

Arizona State senior RB Demario Richard said that he "went too far" in his weight training at times in 2016.

"I was benching over 350 pounds, squatting over 500 pounds, power cleaning over 300 pounds so it got kind of overboard," Richard said, adding that "[w]e toned it down a little bit and came to a manageable way. I'm a lot lighter on my feet, and I can move a lot better. My first step is quicker." This past season, the 5-foot-10, 220-pounder rushed for 593 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games. That was a notable drop-off from the 1,104-yard season he put in as a sophomore in 2015.
May 11 - 8:54 PM

Arizona State redshirt sophomore WR John Humphrey caught three touchdowns in the team's spring game.

Humphrey hauled in scoring grabs of eight, 36 and 37 yards in the spring contest. The 5-foot-11, 169-pounder received a shout-out from HC Todd Graham after the game, with Graham telling reporters that "John Humphrey really showed up well, great throws, and it was exciting and fun." Humphrey initially joined the Sun Devils as a transfer from Oklahoma in the spring of 2016. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and should be in competition to carve out a decent role with his new crew in August camp.
May 7 - 1:13 PM

Arizona State junior WR Ryan Newsome caught two touchdowns in the team's spring game.

Alas, Arizona State does not keep more specific statistics in their spring games, so we cannot pass along catch or yardage totals. That aside, he logged scoring grabs of 24 and 10 yards. The 5-foot-8, 166-pounder sat out the past season after transferring over to the Sun Devils in July. Rivals ranked him as a three-star recruit out of high school. N'Keal Harry -- who did not play in the spring game -- figures to be the team's No. 1 wideout during the coming season, with Newsome and John Humphrey set to make supplemental impact.
May 7 - 12:43 PM

Arizona State redshirt sophomore QB Brady White (foot) has yet to start running.

White suffered a season-ending injury to his right foot in an early October game against UCLA during the past season. While he has been throwing while stationary and taking some three-step drops, he still has a fair bit of rehab ahead of him before he is able to participate in football activities fully. White hopes to be ready to rock and/or roll by the start of August camp. Alabama transfer QB Blake Barnett has received the bulk of first-team reps this spring and probably should be considered the favorite to win the starting job.
May 2 - 10:55 PM

Browns selected Arizona State K Zane Gonzalez with the No. 224 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Gonzalez (6’0/202) graduated from ASU as the D-I record holder in career field goals made (96) and points scored (494) by a kicker. He nailed 92% of his field-goal tries as a senior and went 7-of-9 from 50-plus yards out. Gonzalez also recorded a touchback on 59-of-81 kickoffs (72.8%) in 2016. A better prospect than Bucs 2016 second-round pick Roberto Aguayo, Gonzalez is a legitimate perfectionist who’s been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, perhaps contributing to his success.
Apr 29 - 5:55 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that Arizona State WR Tim White was worked out as a cornerback by the Baltimore Ravens this week.

According to Pauline, the Ravens are the third team that has worked the slot receiver out on the defensive side. He will be going through another workout with the Rams on Saturday, though that one will probably be of the traditional receiving variety. While the versatile Arizona State wideout has gotten some looks at corner, the likeliest scenario for the draft would be a Day 3 selection with an eye toward future receiving/special teams work in the pro ranks.
Apr 7 - 4:45 PM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and general manager Bob Quinn privately worked out Arizona State WR Tim White.

At the Sun Devils' pro day event earlier this month, White clocked a 4.52s forty and posted a 38.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-10 broad. "He should receive late round consideration and nicely projects as a slot receiver/return specialist at the next level," wrote Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.
Mar 27 - 1:19 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that the Giants will host Arizona State WR Tim White for a visit.

During his pro day work, White turned in a few noteworthy numbers, including a 4.52-second 40-yard dash, a 38.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-10 broad jump. In addition to his prowess as a slot receiver, White is a legitimate weapon in the return game. The Giants could use a dose of that, particularly on punt returns. Last season, Dwayne Harris averaged just 5.9 YPR with a long of 17 yards. That mark of 5.9 yards per punt return ranked as the second worst in the NFL. If White hears his name called at the draft, it would likely come near the end of Day 3.
Mar 19 - 4:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that the Browns, Vikings and Chiefs have all privately worked out Arizona State K Zane Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, the Lou Groza Award recipient this past season, figures to be the first kicker off the board at the draft. He could potentially hear his name called late on Day 2 or early on Day 3. During the 2016 campaign, he made 23-of-25 kicks.
Mar 18 - 3:15 PM


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