The Arizona State Sun Devils completed their 2016 recruiting class on Wednesday. The team ended up with the 35th class of the country, according to Rivals. Todd Graham nailed two of the three best recruits in the state of Arizona and took the junior college way in order to upgrade positions that were liabilities on the roster in 2015.
Let's take a look at five recruits that could be thrown under the spotlight immediately.
1. N'Keal Harry
No surprise, a lot is expected from five-star wide receiver N'Keal Harry. This year's ASU top recruit and Arizona's n°1 high school prospect from Chandler, AZ will be asked to carry on his back the receiving game as soon as he steps foot in Tempe.
The main receiving threats on the outside are gone. D.J. Foster and Devin Lucien graduated, while late-season sensation Tim White left the football program to focus on the Rio Olympics. N'Keal Harry will most likely be the best receiver at the disposal of new offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey, and should start for the Sun Devils from Day 1. But don't worry, the young Valley superstar closed his high school career with an impressive showing at the Under Armour All-American Game last month.
2. Dougladson Subtyl
ASU recently recruited some excellent players from junior college; remember Jaelen Strong, for instance. Four-star Dougladson Subtyl could be the next big thing. The defensive end is one of the nation's most touted JUCO players out of Victor Valley Community College (Victorville, CA), and will be forced into action early at the Devilbacker position.
Dougladson Subtyl, who gathered 27 sacks in 2 seasons, needs to replace one of the finest Pac-12 pass rushers in Antonio Longino, who is seeking a spot in the professional league. His promising backup Ismael Murphy-Richardson has been dismissed after the season's end, which leaves a huge hole at Devilbacker. You can only expect Todd Graham to fill this crucial position on defense with talent and production.
3. Robbie Robinson/J'Marcus Rhodes
The secondary was the biggest weakness last year for the Sun Devils. Good thing or not, starting cornerbacks Lloyd Carrington and Kweishi Brown as well as starting safety Solomon Means are on their way out, which leaves Kareem Orr alone on the back end of the defense. ASU needs immediate help and from multiples players.
Robbie Robinson, a Rivals four-start cornerback recruit out of Maryland's DeMatha High School, could be an early contributor alongside J'Marcus Rhodes, ranked by 247Sports as the second-best cornerback from the JUCO ranks. Both of the defensive backs are in line to be featured quickly in the defensive rotation. J'Marcus Robinson holds an advantage as he is versatile enough to compete at three of ASU's secondary positions. Don't forget four-star Valley product Chase Lucas, one of the nation's best athlete, although he needs more time to get used to play on the defensive side of the ball.
4. Dillon Sterling-Cole
The Sun Devils is definitely not short of quarterbacks. Redshirt senior Mike Bercovici has run out of eligibility but a bunch of young and talented quarterbacks awaits. Redshirt sophomore Manny Wilkins, redshirt freshmen Bryce Perkins and Brady White are joined by four-star Dillon Sterling-Cole out of Westfield, TX. At this point, anybody can win the job for the 2016 season.
Dillon Sterling-Cole could be considered as the most talented quarterback of the group (2,471 yards and 32 total touchdowns as a high school senior) but let's be realistic. He lacks experience at the collegiate level in comparison to his new teammates and he will join the team later than the three other QBs. Furthermore, it is very unlikely a true freshman earns he starting quarterback spot under Todd Graham.
5. A.J. McCollum
The Sun Devils will be introducing a new quarterback with no starting experience in 2016, but the offensive line is under total reconstruction. Center Nick Kelly, guards Christian Westerman and Vi Teofilo, as well as right tackle William McGehee, are all gone for the program. Newcomer A.J. McCollum could be the underrated key to success.
The three-star San Francisco, CA recruit is this year's top center from junior college and is likely to open the season with a starting spot. He should be ready to contribute immediately and his JUCO experience will definitely help the young quarterbacks running Chip Lindsey's offense.