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ASU football signs 21 players to letters of intent

February 04, 2009

Arizona State University signed 21 student-athletes to national letters of intent Wednesday to study and participate in football, head coach Dennis Erickson announced.

After assembling a phenomenal recruiting class in 2008, which ranked as highly as 16th in the nation, Erickson secured another excellent group of newcomers consisting of elite athletes from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana and Utah. 

The class includes 21 student athletes, consisting of 19 high school players and two junior college transfers, while excellent talent, speed and athleticism is added to every position on the roster.

ASU’s Class of 2009 includes:

• Vontaze Burfict, the highest ranked prospect ever to sign with Arizona State University; unanimously rated as the top middle linebacker in the nation and ranked as highly as the ninth-best overall recruit in the country.

• Nine players rated among the nation’s top-30 at their position: No. 1 MLB Vontaze Burfict (; No. 5 DT Corey Adams (ESPN Scouts, Inc.); No. 11 OG Kody Koebensky (ESPN Scouts, Inc.); No. 19 TE Christopher Coyle (; No. 23 CB Osahon Irabor (ESPN Scouts, Inc.); No. 23 ATH Matthew Tucker (; No. 26 QB Brock Osweiler (; No. 27 RB Jamal Miles (; No. 30 OLB Anthony Jones (

• Two players ranked among the nation’s top-50 overall recruits (Burfict, No. 9, and Adams, No. 46,

• The top-ranked defensive tackles from the states of Arizona (Adams) and California (William Sutton).

• Nine elite prospects from the state of Arizona, including the state’s top prospects at running back (Miles), tight end (Max Smith), offensive guard (Koebensky), defensive tackle (Adams) and linebacker (Jones).

• Six prominent athletes from the state of California, including the state’s top defensive tackle (Sutton), No. 2 cornerback (Irabor), No. 4 tight end (Coyle) and No. 5 running back (Cameron Marshall).

• Four midyear transfers, including two true freshmen and two junior college transfers, all of which enrolled at ASU in January and will participate in spring drills.


2009 Arizona State University Football Commitment List

Name                     Pos       Ht      Wt      Yr      Hometown (Last School)
Corey Adams           DT        6-3     292     Fr.     Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro HS)
Vontaze Burfict        LB         6-3     245     Fr.     Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS)
Christopher Coyle    TE         6-3     235     Fr.     Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian HS)
Dean Deleone*        DE        6-3     255     Jr.     Park City, Utah (Orange Coast CC)
Evan Finkenberg      OL        6-6     265     Fr.     Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. (Tesoro HS)
J.J. Holliday            WR        6-0     165     Fr.     Tucson, Ariz. (Santa Rita HS)
Osahon Irabor         CB        5-11    183     Fr.     Upland, Calif. (Upland HS)
Anthony Jones         LB        6-2      218     Fr.     Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS)
Kipeli Koniseti         ATH       6-3      235     Fr.     Sacramento, Calif. (Grant HS)
Kody Koebensky      OL         6-4     303     Fr.     Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro HS)
LeQuan Lewis*        CB        6-0      195     Jr.     Norwalk, Calif. (Cerritos College)
Cameron Marshall    RB        5-11    210     Fr.     San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian HS)
Shane McCullen        S         6-2      208     Fr.     Apache Junction, Ariz. (Apache Junction HS)
Jamal Miles             RB        5-10    180     Fr.     Peoria, Ariz. (Peoria HS)
Brock Osweiler*       QB        6-8     235     Fr.     Kalispell, Mont. (Flathead HS)
Gregory Smith         DE         6-3     240     Fr.     Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill HS)
Max Smith               TE         6-2     258     Fr.     Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro HS)
William Sutton         DT         6-2     275     Fr.     Corona, Calif. (Centennial HS)
Fred Thornton          OL        6-4     310     Fr.     Phoenix, Ariz. (South Mountain HS)
Matthew Tucker*       S         6-3     190     Fr.     Aurora, Colo. (Grandview HS)
Marcus Washington   RB        6-1     195     Fr.     Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista HS)

*enrolled at ASU in January and will participate in spring drills