21Kings: Sun Devil Football Inks 11 on Early Signing Day
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Sun Devil Football program signed 11 student-athletes on the first day of the December Early Signing Period Wednesday that will continue their athletic and academic endeavors at Arizona State University, as announced by Head Coach Herm Edwards and Recruiting Coordinator Antonio Pierce. The December signing class consists of ten freshmen student-athletes and one graduate transfer. The Sun Devils will look to fill out the remaining spots in the 2021 Signing Class on the National Signing Day on February 3.
ASU's Signing Class of 2020 Highlights:
- Four members of Wednesday's announced Class of 2021 were recognized as four-star prospects by at least one major recruiting service, highlighted by consensus four-star prospects Lonyatta Alexander and Travez Moore (Lonyatta Alexander – Consensus; Travez Moore; Class of 2018 JUCO – Consensus; Jaydon Williams – 247 Sports, Tommi Hill - ESPN, 247 Sports)
- Eight of the prospects in the class rank within the Top-50 nationally at their position according to at least one major pubnlication:
- Tommi Hill - No. 13 athlete (247 Sports), No. 12 cornerback (ESPN), No. 14 athlete (Rivals)
- Lonyatta Alexander - No. 48 wide receiver
- Jaydon Williams - No. 29 outside linebacker (247 Sports), No. 40 outside linebacker (ESPN)
- RJ Regan - No. 41 cornerback (247 Sports), No. 45 cornerback (Rivals)
- Finn Collins - No. 18 pro-style quarterback (Rivals), No. 29 quarterback (247 Sports), No. 31 pocket-passer quarterback (ESPN)
- Eric Gentry - No. 45 weakside defensive end (247 Sports)
- Gharin Stansbury - No. 47 weakside defensive end (247 Sports)
- Travez Moore - No. 1 JUCO weakside defensive end (class of 2018 according to 247 Sports)
- Three recruits in the Sun Devils' class are ranked by at least one publication as a Top-500 overall prospect in the country:
- Tommi Hill - No. 264 (247 Sports); No. 196 (ESPN)
- Lonyatta Alexander - No. 294 (247 Sports); No. 300 (ESPN)
- Jaydon Williams - No. 466 (247 Sports)
- Arizona State landed three of the Top-70 overall prospects from the state of California according to 24/7 Sports Composite rankings in the early signing period - RJ Regan - No. 46; Finn Collins - No. 62; Austin Barry - No. 67
- The Sun Devils 2021 Class features players from eight different states (Louisiana, Washington, California, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Hawaii)
- Seven different Class of 2021 signees were ranked among the Top-50 overall prospects in their state:
- Tommi Hill - Florida - No. 36 (247 Sports), No. 30 (ESPN)
- Finn Collins - California - No. 48 (ESPN), No. 35 (Rivals)
- Lonyatta Alexander - Washington - No. 7 (247 Sports), No 8 (ESPN), No. 9 (Rivals)
- RJ Regan - California - No. 46 (247 Sports), No. 36 (Rivals)
- Eric Gentry - Pennsylvania - No. 19 (247 Sports), No. 24 (ESPN), No. 26 (Rivals)
- Isaia Glass - Arizona - No. 14 (247 Sports), No. 13 (ESPN)
- Gharin Stansbury - Lousiana - No. 25 (247 Sports), No. 28 (ESPN), No. 23 (Rivals)
- Sione Veikoso - Hawaii - No. 10 (247 Sports)
- The average grade of the 9 freshman early signees from this class is 87.39 according to 247 Sports, currently the fourth-highest mark in the Pac-12.
- Seven of the 10 signees will enroll early and arrive on campus in the Spring of 2021.
- Height and length are two characteristics the coaches have emphasized in the past few classes, with six of signees listed at 6'4" or taller.
- Multiple spots in the Class of 2021 were left open for the February signing period.
Freshman – Wide Receiver
6-2 | 185 | Pacifica, CA (Kennedy Catholic - WA)
Highly-productive wide receiver prospect who has a knack for getting open…Able to create separation from defenders with precise breaks and a quick change of direction…Reliable pass catcher with soft hands and the ability to make contested catches…Dangerous after the catch, becoming a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands…Prolific red zone threat that put up terrific numbers at Kennedy Catholic High School…Consensus four-star prospect according to all three major recruiting services…Rated by 247 Sports as the No. 240 overall prospect and the No. 33 wide receiver prospect in the country…247 Sports also listed him as the No. 7 overall prospect in the state of Washington…Ranked as the No. 59 wide receiver prospect nationally and the No. 9 player in Washington by Rivals…A member of the ESPN 300, who lists him as the No. 53 receiver prospect in the nation…Also tabbed by ESPN as the No. 8 overall prospect in the state…Three-year varsity standout who plans to play his senior season in the Spring…Finished his junior season with 67 catches for 1,328 yards and a mind-boggling 24 touchdowns in only 12 games…Helped lead Kennedy Catholic to a 9-0 regular season and a run to the Quarterfinals of the Washington 4A High School Football Playoffs…Averaged over 110 yards per game and nearly 20 yards per catch for an offense that posted over 48 points per game…Recorded an incredible 71 catches for 1,197 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games during a brilliant sophomore season…Averaged 133 receiving yards and nearly eight catches per game…Became a household name after a breakout freshman season, hauling in 60 catches for 859 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games…Emerged as one of the top freshman in the entire state and continued to improve throughout his prep career.
Freshman – Offensive Line
6-5 | 270 | Riverside, CA (John W. North)
Physically-imposing offensive lineman who has been dominant at the line of scrimmage at the high school level…Versatile prospect with the ability to play tackle or guard…A valuable weapon in the run game, relying on his strength and power to pave the way for the ball carrier…Continues to progress drastically as a pass blocker, showing improved quickness and agility allowing him to better handle speed rushers…Rarely gets knocked off from his base, using his long reach to his advantage, delivering the first punch at the point of attack…Possesses the athleticism to be utilized as a pulling blocker out in space…Multi-sport athlete, competing as a member of the John W. North High School Track & Field team…Owns 51-7.5 shot put PR and 137-4 discus PR… Consensus three-star prospect according to all three major recruiting services…Listed as the No. 72 offensive tackle prospect nationally and the No. 67 overall prospect in California in the 247 Sports compositing rankings… Tabbed by Rivals as the No. 72 offensive tackle prospect in the country and the No. 54 overall prospect in the state…ESPN rated him as the No. 64 offensive tackle prospect in the nation and the No. 60 overall prospect in California…Helped lead John W. North to a 10-2 record and a CIF Southern Section Division 10 quarterfinal appearance as a junior…Starting tackle for the Huskies the past two seasons, providing a steady force up front…A key reason why his team has averaged over 175 yards rushing per game over the past two seasons, including over 183 yards in 2019.
Freshman – Quarterback
6-3 | 185 | Tarzana, CA (Bishop Alemany)
Prolific quarterback prospect who enjoyed a terrific junior season operating one of the top offenses in California High School football…Accurate passer with excellent anticipation and timing on his throws…Ability to place the ball in a spot that allows the receiver to make a play after the catch…Tall frame and high football I.Q. allow him to quickly and clearly read defenses and make good decisions…Consensus three-star prospect according to all three major recruiting services…Rated as the No. 18 pro-style quarterback nationally according to Rivals and the No. 35 overall prospect in the competitive state of California…Currently the No. 29 pro-style quarterback prospect in the country and the No. 62 overall prospect in the state according to 247 Sports composite rankings…ESPN tabbed him as the No. 31 pocket passer in the nation and the No. 48 prospect in the state…becomes the third highly-rated quarterback prospect from California to commit to the Sun Devils under Herm Edwards, a group highlighted by current starting quarterback Jayden Daniels…put up terrific numbers at San Joaquin Memorial, leading the Panthers to a 12-2 record and a run to the Division I-A CIF State Football semifinals…completed 198 of 318 passes (62%) for 3,576 yards and 39 touchdowns compared to only six interceptions in a brilliant junior season…threw at least one touchdown in all 14 games, connecting on multiple scores in 12 games…the Panthers averaged 39.1 points per game and 458 yards per game with Collins as the signal caller…comes from the same high school that produced two-year starting sophomore left guard and Freshman All-American Dohonvan West.
Freshman – Linebacker
6-6 | 220 | Philadelphia, PA (Saint John Neumann Goretti)
Long and athletic linebacker prospect who has earned the nickname "The Freak" on the Philadelphia prep football scene…Possess the versatility to impact the game in many ways with his unique height and the continued development of his strength…Difficult matchup as a pass rusher on the edge with his reach and quickness…Playing at tight end allowed him to improve in coverage and work on his hands…Consensus three-star prospect according to all three major recruiting services…Tabbed as the No. 24 wide defensive end prospect in the country and the No. 15 overall prospect in the state of Pennsylvania by 247 Sports…Rated as an athlete by Rivals and slotted as the No. 26 overall prospect in Pennsylvania… ESPN ranked him as the No 24 overall prospect in the state and the No. 106 defensive end prospect in the nation…occupies the No. 27 spot on Penn Live's Top-50 High School football prospects list…key part of a Neumann-Goretti defense that allowed only 9.3 points per game and shut out four opponents…the Saints finished the regular season undefeated (11-0) before losing to Pope John Paul II in the PA Class AAA State Playoffs.
Freshman – Offensive Line
6-5 | 250 | San Tan Valley, AZ (Queen Creek)
Intriguing offensive line prospect who is just scratching the surface of his potential…Has worked extremely hard in the weight room to add weight to his frame, developing into one of the strongest lineman in the state…Unique athleticism and mobility for the position, making him aprime candidate for a lead blocker on screens and pulling in the run game…Takes pride in doing the dirty work, playing with an edge and demeanor that makes him a nightmare for opposing defensive lineman…Utilizes a long reach and proper hand placement to control the defensive lineman without holding…Made a transition from tight end to tackle, solidifying the starting left tackle spot for Queen Creek…Multi-sport athlete, competing for the Queen Creek basketball and track & field team…Consensus three-star prospect according to all three major recruiting services…Soared in the recruiting rankings after a dominant senior season…Named to the Max Preps Arizona High School Football All-State First Team...Tabbed by 247 Sports as the No. 60 offensive tackle prospect nationally and the No. 13 overall prospect in Arizona…ESPN ranked him as the No. 98 offensive tackle prospect in the country and the No. 13 overall prospect in the state…Three-star prospect according to Rivals…Played defensive line for the Bulldogs during his first two varsity seasons, compiling 85 tackles in his career…Son of Paul Glass, who played defensive line at Arizona State from 2000-01.
Freshman – Defensive Back
6-0 | 190 | Orlando, FL (Edgewater)
Elite athlete that turned down several prominent programs to come to Arizona State…Excels in many facets of the game for Edgewater High School in Florida…Shutdown cornerback with a unique combination of size and athleticism that allow him to matchup with any type of receiver…Sticks to fast receivers and can make up ground while the ball is in the air thanks to his track speed…Competed in the 100 and 200 meter in high school…Physical at the line of scrimmage and terrific ball skills thanks to his work at wide receiver…A member of the ESPN 300, coming in as the No. 196 overall prospect in the nation and a four-star…Tabbed as the No. 12 cornerback prospect in the country and the No. 30 player in Florida by ESPN…Four-star prospect according to 247 Sports, who ranks him as the No. 235 overall prospect nationally, the No. 12 athlete, and the No. 31 overall prospect in the state of Florida…Rivals rated him as the No. 14 athlete in the country and the No. 60 overall prospect in the state…Three-year member of the varsity team, combining to go 33-6 during his time at Edgewater…A key part of the Eagles run to the Class 7A 2020 FHSAA Football State Championship game, facing off against St. Thomas Aquinas on 12/19…Opposing quarterbacks rarely threw to his side of the field during his high school career…Still managed to make a positive impact on the game, thriving on offense and special teams…Compiled 85 catches for 1,586 yards and 14 touchdowns in 24 games over the past two seasons…Credited with 22 tackles, four interceptions, eight pass breakups, and two tackles for loss on defense from 2019-20.
Graduate Transfer – Defensive Lineman
6-4 | 250 | Bastrop, LA (Bastrop/Copiah Lincoln CC/LSU)
Graduate transfer from LSU who will be immediately eligible at Arizona State…Brings experience to the defensive line group with a chance to make a quick impact…Pass rush specialist with an extremely quick first step…Difficult for tackles to handle because of his quickness and explosive burst off the ball …Added muscle and strength to allow him to hold up in the run game…Transferred to LSU from Copiah Lincoln Community College…Appeared in eight games in three seasons with the Tigers, collecting seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks… Considered one of the top overall JUCO recruits in his class, rated as the top weakside defensive end prospect in all of junior college in 2017…Consensus four-star prospect by all JUCO recruiting sites ... Ranked No. 1 weakside defensive end by 247 Sports ... Tabbed as the No. 1 junior college weakside defensive end and the No. 6 overall prospect on ESPN's JC 50…Played at Bastrop High School, where he was a consensus three star prospect…247 Sports rated him as the No. 34 weakside defensive end prospect in the country and the No. 29 overall prospect in Louisiana…Slotted as the No. 42 outside linebacker prospect nationally and the No. 28 overall prospect in the state by Rivals…Considered the No. 48 outside linebacker prospect by ESPN.
Freshman – Defensive Back
6-0 | 170 | Orange, CA (Orange Lutheran)
Lockdown defensive back prospect who can eliminate the opponent's top playmaker…Wrecks an offensive game plan with his ability to shut down half of the field…Thrives in both man-to-man and zone coverage thanks to his instincts and diverse skill set…Tracks the ball in the air extremely well and has the hands to come down with interceptions in traffic…Utilizes his hands and footwork at the line of scrimmage to gain a positioning advantage and prevent the receiver from running the route…Went head-to-head with some of the top receivers in the country on the California High School footballs scene…Consensus three-star prospect according to all three major recruiting services…Ranked the No. 45 cornerback prospect in the country and No. 36 overall prospect in California by Rivals…Tabbed by ESPN as the No. 45 cornerback prospect and the No. 51 overall prospect in California…Listed as the No. 47 cornerback prospect nationally and the No. 46 overall prospect in the state in the 247 Sports composite rankings…Early enrollee who will miss his senior season of high school football…Left his mark at Orange Lutheran thanks to a standout junior season, finishing with 43 tackles, 20 pass deflections, and three interceptions in 11 games…Added a tackle for loss and fumble recovery as an All-Trinity Football League performer…Gained the attention of schools after a breakout sophomore campaign in which he made 42 tackles, broke up nine passes, and made an interception in his first varsity season.
Freshman – Defensive Line
6-5 | 230 | Centerville, LA (Franklin Senior)
Extremely talented defensive lineman prospect who was widely-pursued by several prominent programs…Continues to put on weight and strength as he transitions to the defensive end position from linebacker…Has not lost a step despite a bulkier frame, maintaining his quickness and burst off the edge…Possesses a nose for the football and great instincts thanks to a high football I.Q…Can beat with speed or power, featuring a wide variety of pass rushing moves…Played on the offensive line, giving him an understanding of how to beat certain techniques and protections…Consensus three-star prospect according to all three major recruiting services…Considered the No. 40 weakside defensive end prospect nationally and the No. 20 overall prospect in Louisiana by 247 Sports… Rivals rated him as the No. 23 overall prospect in the state...Ranked by ESPN as the No. 88 defensive end prospect in the nation and the No. 27 overall prospect in Louisiana…No. 75 in the Sporting News' Preseason Top-100 football prospects in Louisiana…Put up insanely productive numbers during a breakout senior season in which he helped Franklin Senior pitch two shutouts…Recruitment took off thanks to a brilliant final prep campaign…Proved to be one of the best linebackers in the state as a junior, finishing with 89 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and ten sacks…Impacted the game in many facets in 2019, forcing four fumbles and knocking down four passes…Played in four games as a sophomore on Varsity, collecting 22 tackles, four tackles for loss, and one sack which forced a fumble.
Freshman – Offensive Line
6-7 | 290 | Kailua, HI (Kailua)
Physically-mature offensive lineman who recently went on a mission in Brazil for over a year…Grew several inches while abroad, making him more versatile and increasing his potential…Uses a large frame to impose his will on defenders, creating running lanes and protecting the quarterback…Very agile for his height, with the ability to move around and block in space…Originally part of the 2018 class out of High School before going on his mission…Three-star prospect according to 247 Sports, who rated him as the No. 60 offensive tackle prospect in the country and the No. 10 prospect in Hawaii for the 2018 class…Looks to continue the recent success of Sun Devil offensive lineman from Hawaii, with redshirt freshman Ben Scott starting at right tackle this season.
Freshman – Linebacker
6-1 | 200 | Dallas, TX (South Oak Cliff)
Special athlete at the linebacker position with excellent closing speed and terrific pursuit in the open field… Drew interest from multiple high major schools as one of the top linebackers in Texas, but chose Arizona State…Dangerous as an edge rusher with his speed and the understanding to take advantage of leverage…Blossomed after a transition from offense to defense midway through his career, continuing to develop as he masters the position… Excellent in coverage with the versatility to cover a wide range of positions...His time as a receiver helped him understand route concepts and diagnose plays quickly…Four-star prospect according to 247 Sports, who lists him as the No. 22 outside linebacker in the class and the No. 44 overall prospect in the state of Texas….Ranked by ESPN as the No. 40 outside linebacker prospect and the No. 67 overall prospect in Texas…Rivals rated him as a three-star outside linebacker prospect and the No. 81 overall prospect in the state…Enjoyed an extremely productive career for South Oak Cliff…Credited with an incredible 65 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, and one forced fumble in the nine games in which stats were reported by Max Preps…Currently has the Bears in the second round of the UIL 2020 Football Conference 5A D2 Playoffs with a 9-2 record…Williams and the defense has allowed only 93 points over those 11 games (8.5 points/game)…Key part of a South Oak Cliff team that went 9-3 and reached the second round of the state playoffs during his junior season.