The Arizona State recruiting class has seen several decommitments this year, as the most recent came from junior college cornerback Damarious Randall (Mesa, Ariz./Mesa College) this past Tuesday. The good news for the Sun Devils is that they remain in the running for Randall, despite some confusion in that front in the immediate aftermath of his decommitment.
"I was telling them I was 100 percent with ASU, but they said I could still take visits," Randall said of the Sun Devils coaching staff. "A bunch of my high school and college coaches were telling me there was nothing wrong with taking visits and to see what's out there to offer. The ASU coaches didn't like that, but I ended up talking to Coach [Todd] Graham and everything is smoothed out."
Randall, who will sign in February and have two years to play two, now has a final group consisting of Arizona State, Florida State, Louisville, Nebraska and TCU. All but the Seminoles have offered.
"Arizona State is out front in that group," he said.
Randall will likely have a busy January, as he would like to take official visits to ASU, Florida State, Louisville and TCU before signing day. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback said his familiarity with Arizona State, and the depth chart in particular, still has the Sun Devils in the lead.
"The depth chart is important," Randall said. "I was at the Washington State game and I think they only dressed four cornerbacks. There isn't a lot of depth there. That's my main focus -- the depth chart and whether I can come in and play right away."
Randall said Florida State -- after showing interest in October and then dropping out -- has picked up its interest again of late and is showing "a lot of interest lately." Originally from Florida, an offer from the Seminoles could be a big one for Randall.
The cornerback said most programs are recruiting him to play a variety of positions at the next level.
"It doesn't matter where I play, but a bunch of schools are talking to me about playing nickel safety, where I can come down on a blitz or cover in the slot, or even play pure corner," Randall said. "A lot of schools know I can do punt and kickoff returns, and some have also said something about maybe playing receiver."