2018 Calabasas outside linebacker Reggie Hughes announced his commitment to Arizona State via social media on Monday, June 19th, and was kind enough to join me for a quick recap of what went into his decision.
In this 2+ hour extended episode of The Devil's Junkie Podcast, Ralph Amsden goes in depth with members of the Devil's Digest staff on football, basketball and baseball. First, Ralph talks about some of the recent departures from the program, as well as some other media reports involving Arizona State football. Then, publisher Hod Rabino drops in to talk about who ASU fans can expect to step up in the wake of Kareem Orr's transfer and Armand Perry's medical retirement. Next, Speak of the Devils co-host Joe Healey talks about the recently released gametimes for ASU football's forst three contests, as well as what he's discovered during his series of in depth previews of the Sun Devils' 2017 foes. We also have Justin Toscano on the podcast to discuss Bobby Hurley's May 31st press conference, as well as give his impression of the 2017-2018 ASU basketball squad. Finally, Justin addresses the drama filled baseball season from the perspective of one of the closest reporters to the action, and discusses whether he feels Tracy Smith can right the ship. Last, Ralph answers listener questions on various topcs.
In this 80 Minute Episode Ralph Amsden interviews Rivals Southeast Recruiting Analyst Woody Wommack, Arizona State Offensive Lineman Marshal Nathe, and DevilsDigest.com publisher Hod Rabino.
Intro: What will it take to get ASU football to the next level?
Recruiting Update (13:30): Arizona State is at the bottom of the Pac-12 2018 verbal commitment totem poll. A look into why ASU has started slowly- plus, who is ASU looking at and what positions are they prioritizing?
Interview with Woody Wommack (37:45): Who performed well in the Rivals regional combine and camp in Los Angeles? Why has ASU largely missed on the players they've recruited from the southeast?
Interview with Marshal Nathe (56:40): Marshal Nathe talks about his experience coming back from injury, transitioning to center, and how his family and coach Graham have shaped his values, work ethic and leadership ability.
Interview with Hod Rabino (1:05:20): A look at why players cycle in and out of the basketball program with relative frequency, and whether it's part of the culture of basketball overall, or if ASU fans have something in particular to worry about.
Saturday, March 18th was Arizona State's 2017 Spring Junior Day. Some of the best and brightest of the class of 2018 made the trip to Sun Devil Stadium to from all over the southwest, where they observed practice, met with coaches, and sat through presentations on the future of Sun Devil football. On this special episode of The Devil's Junkie Podcast, I talk to 13 players that visited the campus for Junior Day, and get their feedback on what they saw.
Chandler (AZ) Hamilton QB Tyler Shough (1:00)
Gilbert (AZ) Perry QB Brock Purdy (6:35)
Scottsdale (AZ) Notre Dame Prep ATH Cole Fisher (10:10)
Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe S Kenny Churchwell (13:55)
Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro ATH Giovanni Miranda (20:50)
Safford (AZ) OT Ralph Frias (25:30)
Phoenix (AZ) Pinnacle OT Ben Fox (30:30)
Chandler (AZ) Hamilton DE/OLB Brayden Flynn (37:20)
Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe RB Gary Bragg (42:55)
San Bernardino (CA) Aquinas RB Branden Rankins (46:50)
Manvel (TX) CB Kameron Pedesleaux (51:30)
Newbury Park (CA) DT Kamakani Crosby (54:50)
Mission Viejo (CA) ATH Christian LaValle (1:00:20)
In this 59-minute episode of the Devil's Junkie Podcast Ralph Amsden gets into the first few practices of the 2017 spring session. Does this Arizona State team have an identity? How are the new coaches faring? Which players have made strides forward? How should fans approach 2017 knowing that it's likely make or break for this staff? We get into all that in this episode, as well as conversations with senior running backs Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard. Devils Digest staff writer Fabian Ardaya talks about the Sun Devils' offense and the quarterback battle, while Devils Digest publisher talks about the defense, Todd Graham's evolution as a coach, and the message board community Rabino has helped foster over the last two decades. Finally, Ralph Amsden answers questions from Devils Digest subscribers.
What have spring practices looked like? How should fans view this 2017 team?
Interview with Kalen Ballage (18:40)
Ballage had an opportunity to pursue an NFL career- instead, he returned for his senior season. He reflects on his evolution as a person and player heading into his final set of spring practices.
Interview with Demario Richard (21:00)
Demario Richard has come to be viewed by the younger players and potential recruits as someone they can trust and look to for honest feedback. He talks about his philosophy on honesty and the legacy he hopes to leave behind in Tempe.
"You come here to leave a stamp on your legacy... make sure people remember you."
Devils Digest Staff Writer Fabian Ardaya (25:15)
Ardaya talks about how the Sun Devils' offense has looked under Billy Napier, and comments on the quarterback competition.
Devils Digest Publisher Hod Rabino (34:15)
Hod Rabino talks about the Sun Devils'' defense under new coordinator Phil Bennett, Todd Graham's evolution and flexibility as a head coach, and how he's been able to help craft a message board community over the last 17 years.
Q & A (49:35)
What are my main takeaways from spring practice so far, and what should subscribers be looking to see from this point on?
Did Robbie Robinoson get a fair shot?
The Devil's Junkie Podcast, S3E3 (80 minutes): 2017 could bring good things for Arizona State football and basketball, so long as everything goes according to plan. Will it? Ralph Amsden addresses concerns with the way the basketball team is constructed, whether the 2017 football signing class will make an impact, and the non-stop football coaching carousel. He also breaks down who ASU football is looking to recruit in the early stages of the 2018 cycle, and takes questions from DevilsDigest subscribers.
A look at the shortcomings of this year's ASU basketball team in the wake of a 68-43 home loss to Cal, and a discussion about whether or not they're primed for future success.
Segment 2 (7:20)
A breakdown of ASU football's 2017 signing class. Will they make an impact right away?
Segment 3 (27:30)
Arizona State can't seem to stop hiring coaches that end up linked to jobs elsewhere. Why is this happening, and how will it affect Todd Graham? Is there an end in sight to the non-stop coaching carousel?
Segment 4 (40:50)
Who will Arizona State football target in the 2018 recruiting class? A look at some of the players they've already offered.
Segment 5 (54:40)
Answering questions from DevilsDigest.com subscribers.
In this edition of the Devil's Junkie Podcast, Ralph Amsden examines the make-up of the coaching staff after the arrival of Billy Napier, previews ASU's 2017 class on the eve on signing day, talks with some walk-ons that the Sun Devils are bringing into the program, and takes questions from the Devil's Digest subscribers.
Season 3 of The Devil's Junkie Podcast kicks off with host Ralph Amsden examining the recent coaching departures, as well as how they're impacting both recruiting and Arizona State's impact in the Pac-12.
Ralph compares Arizona State's recent coaching carousel to the smash hit film, Good Luck Chuck. A film, ironically, directed by a man named Mark Helfrich.
Segment 1 (3:45)
Why did Chip Lindsey leave for Auburn? A look at how Arizona State lost their second offensive coordinator in two years, as well as an examination of how all the rest of the assistant coaching changes Arizona State has experienced are impacting Arizona State's ability to be succesful on the field, as well as in recruiting.
Segment 2 (22:13)
What direction will the Sun Devils go in theis search for an offensive coordinator? A look and the candidates, and why they might, or might not fit.
Segment 3 (37:35)
Arizona State has managed to secure a decent amount of talent over the last two seasons in spite of instability. Ralph breaks down the talent on the current roster, the depth, and what the program's needs are.
Segment 4 (58:52)
Ralph takes questions from DevilsDigest.com subscribers and people on Twitter.
In this episode Ralph Amsden brings in DevilsDigest.com publisher Hod Rabino to talk recruiting questions and concerns regarding the 2017 class, as well as Hod's memories of this year's group of seniors. He also talks with DevilsDigest staff writer Fabian Ardaya about the type of offense that Utah runs, and about Arizona State's chances of knocking off the ranked team.
Ralph Amsden, Brett Quintyne and Chilly talk about Arizona State's 37-32 loss to Washington State, as well as Todd Graham's confrontation with Mike Leach afterward.