- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

ARIZONA

National rankings (Rivals 28; Scout 29)

Best in class: Cam Denson, WR, Tucson, Ariz.

Best of the rest: Jamardre Cobb, LB, Harbor City, Calif.; LB Marquis Ware, LB, Bellflower, Calif.; QB Jerrard Randall, QB, NE Mississippi CC; T.J. Johnson, WR, Cape Coral, Fla.

Late addition: Marcus Griffin, DL, Bellevue, Wash.

One that got away: Jalen Tabor, CB, Washington, D.C.

NOTES: With the addition of Randall and high schooler Brandon Dawkins (Oxnard, Calif.), Rich Rodriguez has a bunch of quarterbacks to choose from as he looks for a replacement for senior B.J. Denker. “Some people say I collect quarterbacks,” Rodriguez said. “Yeah, I do. It’s better than collecting seashells.” … The defection of CB Naijiel Hale to Washington was accompanied by a good riddance sort of message from Rodriguez. Not mentioning Hale by name, he said if a player makes a commitment, then visits another school, he’s not committed anymore. “He didn’t marry you, he’s just dating you,” Rodriguez said. “I keep reminding guys it’s our scholarship, not theirs.”

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ARIZONA STATE

National rankings (Rivals 21; Scout 17).

Best in class: D.J. Calhoun. The linebacker from El Cerrito High School in California has the potential to be an immediate difference-maker for the Sun Devils. He was the highest-rated player in Arizona State’s 2014 class and is equally adept at playing in coverage or stopping the run. Calhoun enrolled in January and will take part in spring drills, so he should have a head start on the other freshmen.

Best of the rest: WR Eric Lauderdale, a transfer from Saddleback CC in California, has the chance to be a big-threat player alongside Jaelen Strong. Coach Todd Graham also picked up a couple of quarterbacks for the first time at ASU, and both Manny Wilkins and Coltin Gerhart could be the successor to Taylor Kelly when he leaves. Local product Tyler Whiley could have an impact on both sides of the ball, though he may stick to playing receiver.

Late addition: Defensive back Kweishi Brown, a transfer from Grossmont CC in El Cajon, Calif., waited until the last day to make a decision, but could have an immediate impact on the Sun Devils in the secondary next season.

NOTE: Arizona State is still waiting on the decision of Kalen Ballage, a running back from Falcon High School in Colorado. The Sun Devils appear to have the inside track and adding him would be a huge boost to this year’s class.

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