After a less than stellar finish for the Sun Devils, the 2016 season has finally come to an end. It was a season filled with wild twists and turns, and Arizona State can now look forward to brighter days.
Their 2017 recruiting class recently landed a huge commitment that may potentially be able to influence the rest of ASU’s prospects. Blake Barnett, the former Alabama quarterback, officially announced on Monday night his commitment to Arizona State. He did it during his in-home visit with the coaching staff. Barnett’s commitment to ASU now gives the Sun Devils the #2 pro style and #2 dual threat quarterback from the 2015 class.
— Lance Barnett (@LanceBarnett) December 6, 2016
Due to eligibility, Barnett is slated to miss the first four games of the 2017 season. That leaves the starting quarterback position wide open for the 2017 season. However, having a former 5-star recruit transfer to the team can still help bring in other big name recruits. Arizona State needs to bring in some bigger, stronger offensive linemen and this may be the way to do it.
Arizona State has a couple upcoming visits scheduled with key prospects that could have a large impact on the future of the team. Along with hosting recruits on their official visits to Tempe, they also are making their rounds for in-home visits.
Additionally, ASU will see some coaching changes this off-season. Most recently, receiver’s coach Jay Norvell accepted the head coaching position at Nevada. Norvell spent one season with the Sun Devils, and his loss will certainly be felt. Chip Lindsey, the current offensive coordinator also applied for a head coaching job at Georgia State, but was not hired. It is unclear if he has any other interviews lined up for the future.
National signing day is a little less than two months away. There is a lot of recruiting to be done, and a lot of commitments that can change. Hopefully Arizona State will have what it takes to bring in an outstanding 2017 class.