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January 31, 2008

Ranking the Offseason (Pre-Signing Day)

Filed under: Football — Matt Sawyer @ 9:51 pm

I know its hard to look at this recruiting class for the Devils before signing day and give them a ranking, but I think this might be one of the best classes I have ever seen them get. (Assuming all 27 verbal commitments sign)

Where would you rank this group in terms of All-Time ASU Recuiting Classes?



  1. I like hearing that ASU has a highly regarded recruiting class, but in all honesty it is hard to rank them without the results being in. How could any recruiting group be better than the one that beat Michigam in the Rose Bowl, just about every one of the starters except for the running backs and quarterback had some sort of professional football career, including all five starting offensive linemen. Way too early to tell.

    Comment by Paul — February 1, 2008 @ 12:20 am

  2. I agree. Its too early to tell, but its a class to get excited about. I can’t wait to see the next era of Devils. (Elway, Bass, Robinson, Guy)

    Comment by Matthew Sawyer — February 1, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

  3. This isn’t Ericsons first rodeo, he knows how to recruit. Obviously time will tell in regards to the strength of the recruits and their historical rank. If nothing else Elway will bring some additional national publicity to the program. Thing is ASU needs to have top level recruiting classes to continue to compete for conference title in the powerful Pac 10. Interested to see if Ericson will be able to build on his first year success with his own recruits.

    Comment by Bradizzle — February 1, 2008 @ 7:31 pm

  4. Love the fact that we’re part of the national conversation in terms of having a Top 20 recruiting class. That said, there appears to be some risk with some of these players. One might want to search the web for article pertaining to some of the ‘character’ issues that Coach Erickson’s Idaho team had and what the school ended up doing with them once he left. I’m hoping that Lisa Love has a safety net in place to catch the potential ‘problems’ early on and get the kids on the right course. I think that responsibility needs to lie on the shoulders of the athletic department and not the head football coach. Yes – Erickson and his staff need to project the right message and teach the right values…and be willing to enforce them. But Coach Erickson is a ‘players’ coach and therefore should not be forced to become another Captain Ahab (Dirk Koetter) – it’s just simply not his style. I’m hopeful that after the Loren Wade tragedy, that ASU has the right framework in place to let Coach Erickson recruit some kids who may not have the ‘character’ that Koetter’s kids had but will allow them to learn and grow and mature within the system as well as be able to survive (within reasonable limits) any transgressions they may commit.

    Comment by Seattle Sun Devil — February 2, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

  5. Brad, that is one of the best things about them signing Elway. Don’t think that there are not kids and parents that will not say (at least as a potential tiebreaker) if John Elway trusts the ASU staff enough to send his kid there, then they should be good enough for my kid.

    Comment by Paul — February 3, 2008 @ 2:00 am

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