National signing day has come and gone in college football.
Many of the themes of signing day are familiar, including the one that says ‘the rich get richer.’ Alabama mopped up, while traditional powers Ohio State, USC, Georgia and Michigan also did well.
But how did Todd Graham and Arizona State fare?
Graham constructed his fifth full class at ASU and made in-roads in certain areas. For the first time, the Sun Devils landed three of the top five in-state prospects and they continued to find talent in the state of Texas.
However, ASU was unable to lure even one high school recruit out of California, their talent-rich neighbor to the west. The Sun Devils signed an average of six California recruits in each of Graham’s first four full classes.
It was an incredibly exciting day for #SunDevilNation. Take a look behind the scenes in this photo gallery.
— Sun Devil Football (@FootballASU) February 2, 2017
As always, the experts had different opinions on the Sun Devils’ 2017 haul.
Here’s what four prominent national outlets had to say about ASU’s performance in the recruiting cycle.
ESPN – National Ranking #38
Former Alabama quarterback Blake Barnett headlines a Sun Devils class that also features ESPN 300 running back Eno Benjamin out of Texas and ESPN 300 cornerback Alex Perry. Winning in the home state is not easy in Arizona, but Todd Graham and staff have won key battles for four-star Tyler Johnson, and flipped four-star quarterback Ryan Kelley from Oregon in the summer. Three-star 6-foot-8 receiver Curtis Hodges is a name to follow as he physically develops, and the same can be said for three-star outside linebacker Kyle Soelle. Safety Ty Thomas out of the Lone Star State was a key flip from Oklahoma State. Junior college defensive end Dougladson Subtyl is expected to make an instant impact.
Scout.com – National Ranking #44
Scout ranked ASU 10th among Pac-12 schools and 44th in the nation.
Rivals.com – National Ranking #52
With an average star ranking of 3.02, Rivals had ASU’s class rated lower than any other service. Only Cal finished below the Sun Devils among Pac-12 schools in their annual pecking order.
247 Sports – National Ranking: #36
The Sun Devils were eighth in 247’s Pac-12 rankings, ahead of Washington State, Arizona, Oregon State and Cal.
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