In addition to signing Chad Adams, Armand Perry, and Kweishi Brown to their secondary, ASU signed three new defensive backs to their recruiting class; Jamal Scott, Dasmond Tautalatasi and Deandre Scott.
Jamal Scott is a 3-star player from Anaheim, CA. He is listed as an Athlete, but will either play safety or outside linebacker for ASU. The coaching staff praised his versatility and his physicality. Scott turned down offers from Arizona and Oregon State to play in Tempe. He is known to be a player that loves to run the alley and hit people. He is respected for his tackling skills.
Dasmond Tautalatasi is a safety from Concord, CA. He is also listed as an athlete, but according to the ASU coaching staff, he will play safety. Tautlatasi is deemed a very respectful, hard-working, cerebral player. Obviously, the staff thinks he is physically gifted as well, standing at 6’0″, 190. He was pursued by both Washington and Washington State, but chose ASU over both.
Deandre Scott comes all the way from Philadelphia, PA. At only 5’8″, 180, he is built to play corner. Part of the allure for his recruitment is his ability to play on special teams. Scott is a highly touted kick returner and punt returner. He was offered scholarships by Arizona and Nebraska. The coaches rave about his ability to cover and his playmaking skills when he has the ball.
These three signings make a total of six defensive backs signed for this cycle. Coach Graham believes they bring tremendous depth to the defense as well as special teams and numerically “reload” the positions vacated by players lost to graduation.