Receiver/returner Geordon Porter, guard Jarrett Bell and offensive tackle Ralph Frias are all three-star prospects, according to ESPN and 247 Sports, heading to ASU in 2018. With the ASU units on special teams and the offensive line, there are good reason to why these three could make their mark on the program early in their Sun Devil careers.
Geordon Porter — WR, Etiwanda High School (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
After de-committing from Notre Dame, Geordon Porter chose to come to Arizona State over football powerhouses Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame among others. According to an interview with his father, George Porter, by ASUDevils.com, the coaching uncertainty of ASU is what drew Porter to Notre Dame. But when Arizona State hired Herm Edwards and promoted Rob Likens — who was instrumental in recruiting the receiver — to offensive coordinator, Porter reconsidered and ultimately decided to become a Sun Devil.
At 6’2” and with long and quick strides, Porter has the potential to be a dynamic deep threat and returner for the Devils. He only played in six games as a senior before a broken collarbone held him out of the rest of the year. His junior year was his only other season on varsity, so, he only played in 18 official high school games.
However, during his senior year at Etiwanda, Porter scored six touchdowns in those six games, including one kickoff return. He even had a game in which he caught seven passes for 251 yards and four touchdowns. The speedster broke the school record for receiving yardage in a single game during that outing.
As a returner, Porter showed great potential despite just returning just five kicks. He averaged 39.4 yards per return and displayed good patience and ability to read the defense. If he gets a lane, he has good breakaway speed to burst through for a big gain.
Porter ran a 4.57 40-yard dash time, .24 seconds behind Rondale Moore, who ran for the fastest time out of all receiver recruits in the country this year. Porter’s speed makes him difficult to guard at the line and even more tough to catch up with if he gets past the defender. Also, his height makes him a relative mismatch against many shorter defensive backs, giving him an advantage against a lot of players.
He was rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, 247 Sports and Rivals. The probable reasons for him not being rated higher is small sample size and bulk.
Arizona State has good depth at receiver this season, but with starters N’keal Harry and Kyle Williams both being juniors (Harry may enter the draft after this season due to his NFL potential), Porter could hear his named called on offense soon. Playing behind a potential All-American in Harry should help Porter learn from one of the best in the country. Harry is terrific as a deep threat, which is what Porter will look to become.
Where ASU could use Porter immediately is in the return game. Their leading kick returner in 2017 was running back Kalen Ballage, who now plays for the Miami Dolphins. With Ballage gone, a door could be open for Porter to earn a prominent special teams position.
Jarrett Bell — OG, Norco High School (Norco, CA)
ASU loaded up on towering offensive linemen this recruiting season, signing a trio of players who all stand 6’5” or taller and weight at least 295 pounds. The smallest of the three, 6’5” and 295 pound Jarrett Bell, was the most recent to sign. Rivals.com rated ASU’s newest lineman the ninth-best guard recruit in the nation. He initially committed to Alabama but reopened his recruitment and, like Porter, decided to head to the desert.
At Norco, Bell had 62 pancake blocks in 12 games as a senior. His high school running back was Travis Dye, who will play for Oregon after rushing for 34 touchdowns behind Bell last season.
Bell also played on the defensive line in high school, which could help inform his playing as an offensive linemen. Over three varsity years, Bell racked up 6.5 sacks and 77 tackles, according to TheSunDevils.com.
ASU allowed the tenth-most sacks out of 129 teams in division-one last year. Their best guard Sam Jones was selected by the Denver Broncos in the 2018 draft. This can lead to openings for the incoming freshman like Jarrett Bell to earn a starting spot.
Ralph Frias — OT, Safford High School (Safford, AZ)
The largest of the three new linemen and the heaviest player on ASU’s roster is Ralph Frias at 340 pounds. Frias is not just a big body though. His max bench is 365 pounds while his squat is 485, according to hudl. From film, it’s apparent that he has the mobility to block faster rushers and, when squared up, he should be nearly impossible to overpower.
ESPN ranked Frias the ninth-best recruit from Arizona and they, along with 247 Sports, gave him a three-star rating. He also has experience on defense and special teams. In high school, he blocked four field goal attempts and recorded four sacks as a varsity player. With his wingspan and strength, perhaps he could be used in opponent field goal situations to try and knock down some kicks.
Both of last year’s starting tackles are back but Cohl Cabral will shift over to center while grad transfer Casey Tucker (Stanford) will likely take over at left tackle. But, if one of the tackles starts to struggle or gets hurt, look for ASU to turn to their behemoth of a new lineman to take over.