When ASU brought in arguably its most talented group of wide receivers in the last recruiting cycle, it wasn’t with the expectation for those players to sit early in their college careers.
LV Bunkley-Shelton and Elijhah Badger both made All-American announcements to commit to the Sun Devils. 6-foot-7 Johnny Wilson was a Signing day flip from Oregon. Chad Johnson Jr. was one of ASU’s first, and most vocal, commits in the 2020 class.
Now that the helmets are on and there’s a path to a season, Bunkley-Shelton and Wilson have already shown coaches how they can help quarterback Jayden Daniels in his second year.
Wilson provides an obvious physical mismatch. Now in Zak Hill’s system, which rewards tight ends and big-bodied pass catchers, the freshman could be in for a big season. Bunkley-Shelton has earned rave reviews from multiple coaches for his preparation and precision when running routes.
The wide receiver room should be wide open this year. With Frank Darby as the only player in the group to log significatn time over multiple seasons, there are plenty of first and second-year players who could see the field early and often for Herm Edwards.