Defense dominates National Signing Day for Arizona State and coach Kenny Dillingham

Feb 7, 2024, 12:04 PM | Updated: 12:15 pm

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Silas Bolden #7 of the Oregon State Beavers dives over Kamari Wilson #5 of the Florida Gators for extra yardage during the second half of the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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Arizona State’s second National Signing Day recruiting class under coach Kenny Dillingham picked up a big boost on Wednesday with two new signees from New Mexico State to add to the defense.

Linebacker Keyshaun Elliott and safety Myles Rowser combined for 171 tackles last season for the Aggies, who finished 10-5 overall and 7-1 in Conference USA.

Elliott led the team with 111 tackles and ranked 29th in the nation with the triple-digit total.

The Sun Devils also poached defensive lineman Jacob Kongaika from the rival Arizona Wildcats and added another defensive lineman in Jeff Clark from Louisville.

Both players finished with 14 tackles a piece last year.

For the offensive-minded head coach, the only new player on the offensive side of the ball to sign was Hawaii OL Josh Atkins.

Those players are added to a list of 29 others who committed to the program during the Dec. 20 Early Signing Day.

Arizona State Sun Devils national signing day editions – Feb. 7

DB Cole Martin (Oregon) – 21 tackles, 1 int, 1 PB

DL Jacob Kongaika (Arizona) – 14 tackles, 2 TFLs, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries

DL Jeff Clark (Louisville) – 14 tackles, 2 TFLs, 4 QB hits

DB Myles Rowser (New Mexico State) – 70 tackles, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 PB

LB Keyshaun Elliott (New Mexico State) – 111 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 6 PB

DB Kamari Wilson (Florida)

OLB Roman Pitre (Purdue)

OL Josh Atkins (Hawaii)

DB Kyan McDonald (O’Dea High School – Seattle, WA)

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