Arizona State Football Signs 17 to Letters of Intent

Feb. 7, 2001

Arizona State University Head Football Coach Dirk Koetter signed 17 student-athletes to national letters of intent to study and play football, ASU announced Wednesday. The class is comprised of 16 freshmen and one junior college cornerback. 'I'm excited about the prospects of this class,' said Koetter. 'This group features highly skilled student-athletes, lots of speed and several players who played in championship programs. That is important to our program's progress.' Koetter and his staff had just 27 recruiting days since being hired on December 2, 2000, to assemble the 2001 class of recruits. The signature of Koetter's first ASU class is speed. At least 10 of the student-athletes in this year's class have sprinter's speed. Eight of the signees in Koetter's class hail from the state of Arizona, including most of the finest talent in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Seven signees come from the state of California and two call Texas home. Of the 17 signees, 16 are incoming freshmen. ASU signed 25 freshmen last year, 16 in 1999, 19 in 1998, 18 each in 1997 and 1996 and 17 in 1995.

2000 ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL SIGNEES

Lamar Baker CB Fr. 5-11 190 Avondale, AZ (Agua Fria HS)

Listed as the No 39 recruit in the nation by Student Sports Magazine and the No. 3 cornerback by the same publication ... earned six votes from The Long Beach Press-Telegram's 'Best In The West' poll ... a 2000 preseason All-America by SuperPrep Magazine ... preseason all-America by PrepStar Magazine ... listed as the No. 3 defensive back in the West by PrepStar Magazine ... member of the Super 30 All-Western Region by PrepStar... played in the National All-Star East/West game (one of two Arizonans to play in the contest) ... member of the Super All-State 2000 Team on defense ... the first player in the class of 2001 to commit to ASU ... tallied 126 tackles as a senior and rushed for 1,100 yards ... led the team in tackles as a freshman and sophomore ... had 128 as a sophomore ... collected over 50 tackles and had four interceptions as a junior ... also rushed for nearly 1,500 yards in his first season as a running back as a junior ... runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and ran a 10.6 second 100-meter dash during track and field season as a junior ... chose ASU over Tennessee, Ohio State, Nebraska and Arizona.

Lee Burghgraef TE Fr. 6-5 230 Corona, CA (Norco HS)

Earned two votes in The Long Beach Press-Telegram's 'Best In The West' poll ... all-Region by PrepStar Magazine in the 2000 preseason ... listed by PrepStar as the No. 6 tight end in the West ... listed as the No. 13 tight end in the nation by Student Sports Magazine ... named All-Region by SuperPrep Magazine ... listed as the No. 10 rated tight end in the nation by Rivals.com ... played in the National All-Star East/West game ... selected to play in the California/Florida All-Star game ... two-time all-Mountain View League selection and Riverside county choice ... collected 33 career receptions for 862 yards and nine touchdowns ... as a senior, caught 10 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns ... caught 13 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns as a junior ... averaged 27 yards per catch as a junior at Norco HS ... rated the top tight end in the West by Rivals.com ... ran a 4.63 40 at the Nike Camp in the summer of 2000 ... also had a vertical leap of 33 inches at that camp ... first-team all-league and all-county as a junior and as a senior ... three-year starter and a co-captain his senior season ... also a three-year starter in basketball and a co-captain in that sport ... runs a 4.63 40-yard dash ... his coach, Gary Campbell, is former Sun Devil Steve Campbell's father ... selected ASU over UCLA, Washington, Oregon State, Arizona and California.

Cornell Canidate TB Fr. 5-9 175 Phoenix, AZ (Alhambra HS)

Speedster who hails from Phoenix Alhambra High School ... brother of former University of Arizona star and current St. Louis Ram Trung Canidate ... earned two votes by The Long Beach Press-Telegram in its 'Best In The West' poll ... named all-West Region by PrepStar Magazine ... listed as No. 15 player in Arizona in the preseason by SuperPrep Magazine ... selected all-Arizona first-team by The Arizona Republic ... earned first-team defensive honors by Phoenix Metro magazine on its Super All-State 2000 team ... scored seven touchdowns on returns last year as a senior ... set 15 Alhambra school records ... among them were his 4,252 rushing yards and his 57 touchdowns ... he averaged more than 10 yards per carry for his career ... during his senior year, rushed for 1,748 yards and 27 touchdowns ... rushed for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior ... the fourth brother from the Canidate family to play college football ... sports a 3.3 grade-point average ... selected ASU over Arizona and California.

Ricardo Carlos OL Fr. 6-6 310 La Puente, CA (Nogales HS)

Massive offensive lineman that also played some tight end last season for Nogales High School ... Ricardo said he was being recruited by Coach Osborne at Oregon and became more interested in ASU once Osborne took the job at ASU ... was the league champion in the shot put last year ... earned second-team all-league honors as a junior and senior ... visited Colorado State and cancelled his one remaining trip.

Chad Christensen QB Fr. 6-2 185 Scottsdale, AZ (Desert Mtn. HS)

Listed as the No. 12 quarterback in the West Region by PrepStar Magazine ... Scottsdale City Player of the Year by Phoenix Metro Football Magazine ... A Scholarship Finalist of Arizona High School Scholar-Athletes as selected by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame ... earned 5A all-city, all-region and all-state honors as a junior ... as a junior, completed 60 percent (120 of 199) of his passes for 1,820 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions ... rushed for 370 yards and six touchdowns on 44 attempts ... a three-year starter at quarterback ... career numbers are 4,925 yards and 52 touchdowns with only 15 interceptions ... has been a starter on the basketball team for four years ... sports a 4.2 grade-point average ... attended ASU's football camp ... chose ASU over Washington, USC, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, California and Northwestern.

O.J. Hackett DB Jr. 5-10 165 Fontana, CA (Chaffey College)

A sophomore with three years to play two ... was first-team all-conference last year at Chaffey College ... was second-team all-conference after his first year at Chaffey ... collected 20 pass breakups last year ... helped lead Chaffey to back-to-back bowl games ... prepped at A.B. Miller High School in Fontana, California ... played on a championship team there ... a big hitter for his size and has good speed and coverage skills to go along with his aggressive run support ... he said the visit was all he really needed to figure out where he wanted to go to school.

Barton Hammit LB Fr. 6-0 215 Dallas, TX (Plano East HS)

Prior to his senior season was named to the Pigskin Preseason All-Prep team ... named to the Dallas/Fort Worth All-Area team ... made second-team all-Area by The Dallas Morning News ... Rivals.com Top 100 recruit ... made Dallas District 9, 5A Division Defensive Most Valuable Player ... collected 141 tackles in 11 games as a senior ... selected ASU over Michigan State, Texas Tech, Baylor and Missouri.

Hakim Hill TB Fr. 6-0 210 Iowa City, IA (City HS)

Perhaps ASU's most decorated and nationally known recruit ... son of former ASU and Buffalo Bill star and All-Pro J.D. Hill ... brothers Lonzell and J.D. Jr. played at Washington, brother Khalil plays at Iowa while brother Shelby played at Syracuse ... a USA Today prep all-American ... preseason all-America by PrepStar Magazine ... rated as the No. 4 running back in the Midwest by PrepStar Magazine ... rated the No. 35 player in the nation at running back by SuperPrep Magazine ... rated by SuperPrep as the No. 16 player in the Midlands Region (Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wyoming) ... also was a starting cornerback ... earned first-team all-state Elite in Iowa ... also was first-team all-conference and all-area ... for his career, tallied 3,585 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns (8.5 yards-per-carry average) ... as a senior, rushed for 1,820 yards and scored 28 touchdowns as a senior in leading his team to a 10-2 record ... rushed for 1,340 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior ... had 13 receptions for 221 yards and one touchdown as a receiver ... also returned punts and kickoffs ... earned all-conference and all-state honors as a junior ... was the state champion in the 100-meters (10.46) and long jump (24' 5', third-best in the country) as a junior ... led City High to the 1999 and 2000 state track and field titles ... was the 2000 Drake Relay Champion in the long jump and anchored the winning 4x200 meter relay team ... became the second athlete in Iowa history to win four gold medals at state ... best long jump is 24.7 ... earned the All-State Track and Field Award in Iowa ... was a NSSF/Foot Locker All-American in Track and Field in 2000 ... placed third at Nationals, anchoring the 4x100 meter relay ... wrestles at 189 pounds ... was the leading bass soloist in the all-State Grammy Award Winning Concert Choir ... plays the saxophone and other instruments ... hobbies are collecting and restoring cars ... selected ASU over Nebraska, Notre Dame, Washington and Iowa.

Josh Kirkwood DL Fr. 6-3 235 Phoenix, AZ (Maryvale HS)

Signed with ASU this Spring after signing last year as well ... earned honorable mention all-America honors by USA Today ... a member of The Tacoma News Tribune's 'Western 100' listing ... listed as an all-Western region pick by PrepStar Magazine ... named the recipient of the Curley Culp Award, presented annually by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame to the state's top defensive lineman ... named to The Arizona Republic's All-Arizona Football First-Team ... all-5A Central Region team by The Arizona Republic at tight end... named to The Arizona Republic's Northwest Valley Super Dozen team ... first-team all-state by Super All-State '99 by Phoenix Metro Magazine ... won the Brian Murray Award as the state's best interior lineman and also won the Roger Kronberg Award for Phoenix Metro's Best Interior Lineman ... was named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Arizona Informant ... named to the Arizona Informant All-Arizona Team ... named all-Metro Region three times ... collected 52 tackles, two interceptions, four quarterback sacks and 11 tackles for loss ... Maryvale's Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 ... also once started in the program as a quarterback ... lettered three times in football and once in baseball ... captained the football team in his freshman and senior seasons ... selected ASU over Arizona and Illinois.

Daryl Lightfoot WR Fr. 5-9 170 Phoenix, AZ (Maryvale HS)

Listed as the No. 3 Athlete in the West by PrepStar Magazine ... state 5A Player of the Year by Phoenix Metro Magazine ... Earned five votes in The Long Beach Press-Telegram's 'Best In The West' poll ... member of the Super 30 All-Western Region by PrepStar Magazine ... a member of the FansOnly Top 150 players in the nation in the preseason ... a 2000 preseason All-America by SuperPrep Magazine ... a preseason all-American by PrepStar Magazine ... earned first-team Super All-State 2000 on offense by Phoenix Metro Magazine ... perhaps the finest player from the state of Arizona in what is considered a great year in the state ... three-year starter at tailback and at defensive back ... ran a 4.4 40 and a 4.15 shuttle and vertical jumped 32 inches at the 2000 Nike Camp ... rushed for 1,711 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior .... also caught 32 passes for 687 yards and three touchdowns ... added 80 tackles and four interceptions on defense ... as a junior, rushed for 1,501 yards on 192 carries, an average of nearly eight yards per carry ... also caught 20 passes for 393 yards and one touchdown ... had 25 solo tackles, five interceptions, two recovered fumbles and two tackles for loss ... also played defensive back ... career numbers are 4,369 yards rushing with 53 touchdowns and 66 receptions for 1,403 yards and eight scores ... set the Maryvale school record for touchdowns in a career with 67 ... career numbers on defense are 145 tackles and 13 interceptions ... chose ASU over Michigan, USC and Washington.

Grayling Love OL Fr. 6-3 297 Sacramento, CA (Valley HS)

Listed as the No. 16 offensive lineman in the West by PrepStar Magazine ... CBS Sportsline Preseason All-American ... 2000 All-Delta League on defense ... 2000 Sacramento Bee All-Metro First-Team Offense ... 2000 Cal-Hi Magazine All-State, Second-team on Offense for seniors ... listed by Student Sports Magazine as a Top 100 Lineman ... 2000 Arco AM/PM Scholar-Athlete of the Month ... 2000 Realdog.com Top 100 Linemen (national list) ... 2000 MLO Sports Nutrition Strength Team West All-American ... will play in the 2000 California-Florida All-Star game ... two-time team captain in 1999 and 2000 ... in 1999 helped Valley High to the co-Championship of the Delta League ... was all Delta-League on offense in 1999 ... Sacramento Bee Second-Team on offense in 1999 ... 1999 Cal-Hi Magazine All-State First-Team on offense for juniors ... talented two-way player ... served as a referee, coach and player since 1995 for the Christian Youth Basketball League ... volunteered at Prairie Elementary School since 1996 ... co-founder of Valley High football fraternity since 1997 ... a Renaissance Scholar (3.5 gpa and above) for six quarters at Valley High ... a tutor and mentor for student-athletes and non-athletes since 1997 ... was a Peer Court juror in 1998 ... in 1999, was a Presidential Classroom Scholar to Washington, D.C. ... was Principal's Honor Roll (4.0 gpa and above) for three quarters ... 2000 VHS Homecoming Prince ... 2000 Lion's Club Student of the Month for November ... selected to attend the National Student Leadership Conference for summer 2001 ... Grayling said it was a very tough decision, but the deciding factors were: 'The coaches, the facilities, and the chance to play in future bowl games. I want to major in Accounting and ASU is a top 10 Accounting school' ... his coach at Valley HS said, 'Grayling can do it all. He has good feet in the pass blocking, and he can overpower in the run blocking. He maybe a little better run blocker, and that's because we did more of that during our games. I'm very excited for him. He made a great choice between two great universities. He's looking forward to playing with senior class offensive line at ASU. His academics are good, and he will bring prestige on and off the field for ASU. When he didn't accept the scholarship from the Beavers after OSU visit I was proud that waited to consider all his options. In the end, ASU was better fit overall' ... boasts a 3.8 grade-point average ... 'Coach Koetter and his staff were extremely nice and we think they'll get the job done,' said Love's mother Cathy ... selected ASU over Oregon State.

Matt Miller WR Fr. 6-2 180 Mesa, AZ (Mountain View HS)

Preseason all-American by PrepStar Magazine ... all-West region pick by PrepStar Magazine ... caught 34 passes for 740 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... collected 24 receptions for 889 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior despite missing four games with a torn anterior cruciate ligamate ... helped lead Mountain View High to the state title ... runs a 4.4 40 and is a deep threat ... averaged 37 yards per catch for the state Champion Toros in 1999 ... was all-East Valley, all Region and all-State ... was ranked 11th nationally among wide receivers by Rivals.com ... competes in track and field ... chose ASU over Stanford, Notre Dame, Oregon State and Brigham Young.

Lance Rhodes ATH Fr. 5-11 185 Birmingham, AL (Hoover HS)

Speedster who runs a 4.4 forty-yard dash and a 10.2 100-meters ... shuttle is 3.87 seconds and has a 37-inch ... had 12 receptions for 300 yards and two touchdowns as a junior ... led the state in passing with 194 completions on 318 attempts for 3,277 yards ... threw 37 touchdown passes ... collected 811 yards rushing and 20 rushing touchdowns and 4,088 total yards ... broke Brodie Croyle's state record of 54 total touchdowns with 57 (37 TDs passing, 20 TDs rushing) ... was selected as the Alabama 'Player of the Year' by the Alabama Touchdown Club and The Birmingham New/Post-Herald ... Alabama 'Player of the Year' by the Monday Morning QB Clubs of Alabama ... chosen as the Metro 'Player of the Year' by The Birmingham New & Post-Herald ... 1st Super All-State quarterback ...1st Class 6A All-State quarterback ... selected All-Southern by Southern Sports Writers ... was the Most Valuable Player of the State Championship Game and set state records for yards passing (343) and touchdown passes (3) in a championship game ... named to The Student Sports Magazine Senior All-American listing for the state of Alabama ... named all-Southeast Region by PrepStar Magazine ... led Hoover High to the state 6A State Championship in 2000 ... Hoover finished #13 in Rivals.com top 25 High School Football Teams ... accounted for 57 touchdowns in his only season as a starting quarterback and led the Hoover Bucs to the Class 6A championship and a 14-1 record and the Class 6A title over Daphne at Legion Field in December ... he passed for 3,277 yards and rushed for 800 more, throwing only nine interceptions in 318 attempts. ... caught 17 passes for 200 yards and two scores as a junior also rushed for 200 yards on 17 carries ... as a junior on defense, tallied 64 tackles and one interception in just six games ... was named the Metro Player of the Year by The Birmingham Post-Herald ... 'It went real well,' he said of his visit to ASU. 'I liked it all. I like the size of the (Pacific-10), I like the ability to win a national championship, and I like the new coach coming in (Dirk Koetter, who led a pass-happy attack at Boise State). I felt comfortable at ASU and I'm excited about how I'm going to be used. They recruited me as an athlete and plan on using me in a lot of different way on offense. I just think it's a great fit ... father Rick played at Miami, Fla. ... Rhodes selected ASU over Alabama, Colorado, Kentucky and Alabama-Birmingham.

Chad Rosson OL Fr. 6-6 270 Moreno Vly., CA (Canyon Springs HS)

Signed with ASU this Spring after signing last year as well ... listed as the No. 102 player in the Farwest by SuperPrep Magazine ... all-Western Region pick by PrepStar Magazine ... named to the PrepStar 'Others To Watch' list in the 1999 preseason ... lettered three times each in football and track and field and twice in basketball ... captained the football team as a senior ... earned all-county, all-C.I.F. and all-Ivy League in 1999 ... was the Most Valuable Player of the Canyon Springs High squad ... as a junior, earned MVP of the offensive line at Canyon Springs and was second-team all-Ivy League ... as a senior, broke the school record for the longest punt (65 yards) ... bench presses 290 pounds ... selected ASU over USC, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California.

Jason Shivers S Fr. 6-1 190 Phoenix, AZ (South Mountain HS)

Earned four votes in The Long Beach Press-Telegram's 'Best In The West' poll ... preseason all-American by PrepStar Magazine ... listed as the No. 8 Athlete in the West by PrepStar Magazine ... listed as the No. 17 safety in the nation by Student Sports Magazine ... earned first-team Super all-State 2000 defensive honors from Phoenix Metro magazine ... teammate of fellow ASU signee Joey Smith ... ran a 4.4 40 and posted a vertical leap of 32 inches at the 2000 Nike Camp ... all-state, all-league and all-region at wide receiver and free safety ... ran on state champion 400-meter relay team with a time of 41.82 ... as a senior had 110 tackles and four interceptions ... as a junior, had 15 catches for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns ... on defense, he had 70 tackles, two fumble recoveries, three caused fumbles and 10 tackles for loss ... runs a 4.5 40-yard dash ... vertical jumps 32.3 ... chose ASU over Arizona and California

Joey Smith S Fr. 5-11 195 Phoenix, AZ (S. Mountain HS)

Preseason and postseason all-Region selection by PrepStar Magazine ... teammate of fellow ASU signee Jason Shivers ... two-way starter as a junior and senior ... played out of position at defensive end and still made all-region on both sides of the ball ... collected 12 quarterback sacks ... as a running back, rushed for 900 yards and scored 16 touchdowns ... competed in six track and field events as a junior ... ran on state champion 400-meter relay squad with Jason Shivers ... runs a 4.5 40-yard dash ... vertical leaps 30.2 ... chose ASU over Utah.

Courtney Sterling CB Fr. 5-8 165 DeSoto, TX (Carter HS)

A preseason all-America by PrepStar Magazine ... listed as the No. 15 defensive back in the Midlands Region by PrepStar ... named to The Dallas Morning News' State Top 100 Players ...a member of the FansOnly Top 150 players in the nation in the preseason ... a Max Emfinger All-American ... rated as the top 'cover' cornerback in the state of Texas ... earned all-district honors in both his junior and senior years ... was on a 10-2 team that finished first in the district ... had 31 solo tackles, 10 assists, 13 pass breakups and two interceptions as a junior ... one of the nations' fastest players with a 10.2 100-meters and a 47.8 400-meters ... cousin of former ASU cornerback Courtney Jackson ... selected ASU over Florida State, Tennessee, UCLA and Miami, Fla.

2001 ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL SIGNEES

Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Wt Hometown (Last School)

Lamar Baker CB Fr. 5-11 190 Avondale, AZ (Agua Fria HS)

Lee Burghgraef TE Fr. 6-5 230 Corona, CA (Norco HS)

Cornell Canidate TB Fr. 5-9 175 Phoenix, AZ (Alhambra HS)

Ricardo Carlos OL Fr. 6-6 310 La Puente, CA (Nogales HS)

Chad Christensen QB Fr. 6-2 185 Scottsdale, AZ (Desert Mtn. HS)

O.J. Hackett DB Jr. 5-10 165 Fontana, CA (Chaffey College)

Barton Hammit LB Fr. 6-0 215 Dallas, TX (Plano East HS)

Hakim Hill TB Fr. 6-0 210 Iowa City, IA (City HS)

*Josh Kirkwood DL Fr. 6-3 235 Phoenix, AZ (Maryvale HS)

Daryl Lightfoot WR Fr. 5-9 170 Phoenix, AZ (Maryvale HS)

Grayling Love OL Fr. 6-3 297 Sacramento, CA(Valley HS)

Matt Miller WR Fr. 6-2 180 Mesa, AZ (Mountain View HS)

Lance Rhodes ATH Fr. 5-11 185 Birmingham, AL (Hoover HS)

*Chad Rosson OL Fr. 6-6 270 Moreno Vly., CA (Canyon Springs HS)

Jason Shivers S Fr. 6-1 190 Phoenix, AZ (S. Mountain HS)

Joey Smith S Fr. 5-11 195 Phoenix, AZ (S. Mountain HS)

Courtney Sterling CB Fr. 5-8 165 DeSoto, TX (Carter HS)

* Enrolled in January, 2001

Categories:
Now on Pac-12 Network
11:45 PM PT

Airing on:

  • Pac-12 Network
Get Pac-12 Networks
Pac-12 Networks Channel Finder
Close