On Friday, the ASU football program got a huge boost with the verbal commitment of 4-star QB recruit, Brady White. White, who has his senior season in high school left to play, is considered a pro-style quarterback and is ranked as high as the #3 QB in the country in that category.
This verbal commitment is a big boost to the incoming recruiting class that coach Todd Graham and his staff are putting together for 2015. Even though the Sun Devils already have a commitment from QB Bryce Perkins of Chandler, it was imperative for the Sun Devils to pursue Brady White.
You always recruit the best players you can, especially at quarterback. It builds depth and competition. What is interesting about White is that he is not officially a “dual threat” quarterback; meaning he is not labeled as a quarterback that gets “game planned” for running the football. However, at 6-2, 186, it isn’t likely that he is a slug, either. But being a pro-style quarterback means you are a drop-back passer. That’s quite a departure from what is expected of Taylor Kelly, Manny Wilkins and Bryce Perkins (potentially), who are all dual threat QB’s. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how the offense might evolve if and when Brady White is on the field.
The pre-designed quarterback runs or zone reads might get put on a shelf if White gets in the game and starts spinning the rock all over the field.
This is an exciting verbal commitment for ASU. White was coveted by everybody in the PAC-12 and just about every school West of the Mississippi river. He actually had to narrow down his choice of schools to five a few weeks back, just to get some schools to back off the recruiting process. The fact that White picked ASU speaks volumes, especially considering the fact that in the two years of the Graham era, the Sun Devils haven’t run a pro-style offense.
ASU fans should hope that coach Graham and his staff can keep White interested and get him to sign next February. It will bring a whole new dimension to the “high-octane” offense.