Todd Graham is working on building up the Arizona State Sun Devils into a Pac 12 contender, and he wants to do it sooner rather than later by adding impact players on the recruiting trail. Graham found quick success in year one and looks poised to make another positive step in 2013. That hasn’t made the Sun Devils immune to disappointment, however, after their top 2014 verbal commit, Jaleel Wadood, has de-committed from the Sun Devils.
The four-star defensive back committed to ASU back in January, but has continued to listen to offers from other programs. Most of the Pac 12 has pursued the Bellflower, California, prep standout and recent offers from the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans have made Wadood reconsider his decision to head to the desert in 2014. According to his dad, the decision was not an easy one, especially since Wadood’s cousin is already a sophomore cornerback with the Sun Devils.
But Graham and ASU now face the prospect of losing their top recruit so far in the 2014 class. The quick commitment from the four-star prospect was likely because they were one of the first major programs to show significant interest. His previous experience with ASU, going to games to watch his cousin, likely heightened his excitement and led him to jump on the offer before he had experienced what else was out there.
Now, with UCLA and USC making a push, along with the Cal Bears, Wadood is going to take his time to make sure he’s making the best decision for himself. Arizona State is still in the mix, but they will have to work much harder to bring a recruit they were once counting on coming to Tempe truly into the fold for 2014.