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Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 9:15 pm | Updated: 3:29 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Six junior college players are among the 27 signees in coach Dennis Erickson's fourth recruiting class at Arizona State, a list heavy with beefy linemen.

At the top is 6-foot-8, 320-pound offensive lineman Brice Schwab out of Palomar (Calif.) College. Schwab withdrew his initial commitment to Southern California when coach Pete Carroll left for the NFL.

 The group also includes five wide receivers, led by George Bell from Southwestern (Calif.) Community College and Mike Willie of Cerritos (Calif.) Community College.

 

The 19 high school recruits include 6-8 quarterback Taylor Kelly of Eagle, Idaho.

ASU recruiting class focuses on offense

Kelly made a verbal commitment to Nevada last July but changed his mind after a visit to Tempe and talks with the Sun Devils' new offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. Erickson said Kelly's idol growing up was another quarterback from the Boise area, former Arizona State star Jake Plummer.

Taylor Kelly

"I was very impressed when I watched him and talked to him and watched him play basketball," Erickson said at his news conference on Wednesday. "I was totally convinced that he was the guy. ... I told him upfront, 'You're going to be compared to one guy when you come here. Just be ready for that.'

"He has no fear. If he can become as good as Jake, we're in pretty good shape."

Kelly is among several of the high school recruits that are expected sit out next season as redshirts.

But immediate help is anticipated from the junior college recruits as Erickson attempts to regroup after a 4-8 season. Since ASU went 5-7 in 2008, Erickson has had consecutive losing seasons for the first time in his 21 years as a college coach.

"I sat back and looked at our team, where we have to get better to compete for a Pac-10 championship next year," Erickson said. "We thought we need a couple junior college offensive linemen, which we did in this class. We need continue to improve our speed and skill at the wide receiver spot and at running back."

Schwab, from West Sunbury, Pa., had offers from a long list of major football programs, including Penn State, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida State and Arkansas. He also turned down offers from Pac-10 schools USC, UCLA, Arizona and Washington.

"We really think he has a chance to be one of the better ones that I've been around," Erickson said.

The coach said the addition of Bell and Willie should enhance the Sun Devils' big-play potential.

Bell, who committed to ASU last June, has been timed at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

"I really think he has the potential to be something special," Erickson said.

The coach also believes he has a gem in Willie, who is 6-4 and weighs 215 pounds. Erickson said the Californian reminds him of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who also came from Cerritos and starred for Erickson at Oregon State.

Arizona State’s 2010 recruiting class

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown School
Ramon Abreu DB 5-10 180 Tempe Marcos de Niza HS
Lee Adams DE 6-2 255 Corona, Calif. Centennial HS
Sil Ajawara OL 6-4 305 Rancho Santa Magarita Tesoro HS
Kevin Anderson WR 6-1 185 Lakewood, Calif. Lakewood HS
George Bell WR 6-3 195 San Diego Southwestern CC
Carl Bradford LB 6-1 230 Norco, Calif. Norco HS
Alden Darby DB 5-11 170 Long Beach, Calif. Millikan HS
Chris DeArmas OL 6-4 305 Miami, Fla. El Camino CC
Jamil Douglas OL 6-5 252 Cypress, Calif. Cypress HS
Eddie Elder DB 6-0 190 Oakland, Calif. College of San Mateo
Josh Fulton TE 6-5 235 Phoenix St. Mary's HS
Alex Garoutte K 6-1 180 Phoenix Brophy HS
Taylor Kelly QB 6-3 185 Eagle, Idaho Eagle HS
Randy Knust WR 6-3 200 The Woodlands, Texas Woodlands HS
Deantre Lewis RB 5-10 189 Norco, Calif. Norco HS
Jordan McDonald DE 6-4 225 Scottsdale Saguaro HS
Kyle Middlebr ATH 5-9 176 Fountain Valley, Calif. Fountain Valley HS
Nduka Onyeali DE 6-1 240 Denver, Colo. Mullen HS
Brice Schwab OL 6-8 320 West Sunbury, Pa. Palomar College
Aderious Simmons OL 6-7 310 Marrero, La. El Camino CC
Devan Spann CB 5-11 175 Gardena, Calif. Junipero Serra HS
Tyler Sulka OL 6-5 270 Sherman Oaks, Calif. Notre Dame HS
Joita Te'l DL 6-5 255 Oceanside, Calif. El Camino HS
Calvin Tonga DT 6-4 320 Riverside, Calif. Arlington HS
Taylor Walstad RB 5-11 210 Chandler Chandler HS
Damien Williams RB 6-0 205 San Diego, Calif. Mira Mesa HS
Mike Willie WR 6-3 215 Norwalk, Calif. Cerritos CC
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