Passing Attack Top Priority for Arizona State in 2013 Recruiting

By Jake Boyle

Arizona State seems to be doubling down on it’s dangerous passing offense.  After a 2011 campaign that saw the Sun Devils rank 10th in the nation in passing yards per game with 316.7, their 2013 recruiting class is largely defined by their passing offense.

At the forefront of the class is Alpharetta (Ga.) High School quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who committed to Arizona State on June 13.  The four-star prospect is the 190th ranked 2013 quarterback recruit overall by ESPN.  At 6-3, 190 pounds, Dobbs is a dual-threat quarterback with exceptional arm strength and a competency to work outside of the pocket.  He will be a valuable backup to current Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly, who will be a Junior next season, as well as a solid prospect to replace Kelly further down the line.

Most recently, Arizona State has improved their passing game with the addition of West Jefferson (La.) High School wide receiver Ronald Lewis.  Lewis, a 6 foot, 185 pound receiver that fits best out of the slot, committed to the Sun Devils on September 5.  Lewis’ quickness will make him both an asset for Arizona State in their passing attack, as well as possibly in the return game.

Lewis joins fellow three-star wide receiver recruit Ellis Jefferson, who committed to Arizona State in mid-July.  At 6-4, 205, Jefferson is much bigger than Lewis and will likely end up in an outside wide receiver spot for the Sun Devils.  Although he lacks Lewis’ quickness, Jefferson’s size and strength make him an equally useful contributor.  He turned down offers from Michigan State and Arizona, amongst others, to attend Arizona State.  Jeffereson attended John H. Guyer High School in Denton, Texas.

Arizona State also added two three-star tight end recruits to round out it’s current 2013 recruiting class.  Grant Martinez, a 6-5, 210 pounder from Notre Dame (Az.) Prep, committed in June.  Jason Reese, 6-5, 222 from Trinity (Tx.) High committed in late July.  While Reese is the bigger of the two, Martinez appears to be the better receiver.

Arizona State demolished Northern Arizona 63-6 in their season opener.  They host Illinois Saturday night.

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