- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
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Arizona State added the third ESPN 300 prospect to its 2014 recruiting class, as defensive end Connor Humphreys (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic) announced his commitment to the Sun Devils on Saturday evening in a Ustream video feed.
Humphreys, the No. 1 recruit in Oregon and No. 249 prospect in the country, recently narrowed his list to five -- Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin -- before selecting the Sun Devils.
The plan all along for the 6-foot-3, 268-pound defender was to take unofficial visits this past offseason and commit before the start of his senior season. He enjoyed trips to several of schools, including both Los Angeles programs, Cal, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Boise State, and although his five finalists didn't come as a shock, the Sun Devils were arguably the biggest surprise inclusion. The fact that Arizona State came out on top for his services shows how well head coach Todd Graham and his staff are relating to recruits in this class.
It's a big win for Arizona State, which beat out a hometown school, the two top-recruiting teams in its Pac-12 South division, and a Wisconsin program that hosted Humphreys on what he said was a terrific unofficial visit.
Humphreys is the second defensive end to commit to Arizona State, as he joins Korey Rush (Salt Lake City/East). He is also the first ESPN 300 commit on the defensive side of the ball, as cornerback Tyler Whiley (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) will play wide receiver for the Sun Devils.
After something of a slow start, Arizona State has come on strong toward the end of the summer, as the Sun Devils have earned commitments from 10 recruits since Coltin Gerhart (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) started the run on July 22.
As a junior, Humphreys totaled 74 tackles and six sacks. He is commitment No. 13 for Arizona State's 2014 recruiting class and added to a big Saturday for the Sun Devils, as Arizona State also gained a commitment from three-star safety Armand Perry (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) earlier in the day. Perry selected Arizona State over offers from Cal, Nevada and UNLV.