- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Arizona State was riding high after a big win over Washington this past weekend, and that momentum carried through Monday on the recruiting trail.
The Sun Devils hosted three official visitors -- ESPN 300 teammates D.J. Calhoun and Jalen Harvey (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) and four-star offensive tackle Sam Jones (Highlands Ranch, Colo./ThunderRidge) -- and took huge strides with all three.
Things went so well with Harvey -- a Cal commit at the beginning of his visit -- that the four-star receiver and nation's No. 220 overall recruit decommitted from the Golden Bears early Monday morning and then called Arizona State head coach Todd Graham later that night to commit to the Sun Devils.
Harvey is the fourth ESPN 300 prospect to give a verbal commitment to Arizona State, and the third who will begin his career as a wide receiver, joining Tyler Whiley (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) and Nick Alexander (Lancaster, Tex./Lancaster). He is the Sun Devils’ 16th commitment in this class and the fifth recruit from Northern California.
While a majority of the credit for Harvey's commitment goes to Graham and the coaching staff, they'll need to share some with quarterback Manny Wilkins (Novato, Calif./San Marin) who helped convince Harvey to take the official visit this past weekend in the first place. Wilkins was on an unofficial visit giving his best recruiting pitch the entire time. Harvey also held offers from Oregon, UCLA and Washington.
This might be just the first bit of good news to come out of this weekend for the Sun Devils, as it appears they made positive strides with their other two visitors as well. Calhoun stayed on his visit through much of Monday, but announced early that morning his decision to back away from his verbal commitment to USC. Calhoun now has Arizona State, UCLA and USC as his top three schools, but the four-star linebacker was obviously blown away by his time in Tempe.
The same can be said for Jones, who took an official visit to Oregon in early September, which resulted in the Ducks shooting to the top of his list. The big tackle posted a message on his twitter account on Sunday stating that he didn't want to leave Arizona State, and Wilkins said Monday that he believes the Sun Devils did enough to take the pole position for the No. 22 offensive tackle in the nation.
But even with work still to be done on Calhoun and Jones, the commitment of Harvey already makes this a very successful weekend for Arizona State.