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RICHIE

BECERRA

JUNIOR | LINEBACKER

6-0 - 198 | MESA, ARIZONA (MARCOS DE NIZA)

OVERVIEW:

A versatile local product from Marcos de Niza High School who played offensive and

defensive line and was the long snapper on special teams 

Will look to contribute to the linebacking crew during the 2015 season

SOPHOMORE (2015):

Provided depth at the linebacker position

FRESHMAN (2014):

Spent season as a redshirt

HIGH SCHOOL:

During one season on varsity at Marcos de Niza, recorded 80 tackles (29 solo), 8.0

sacks and two fumble recoveries in just 12 games played

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JALEN

BATES

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN | DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

6-4 - 240 | KAPLAN, LA. (KAPLAN)

OVERVIEW:

Physical, versatile defender with the ability to play multiple roles in the front seven

A prominent scout team player in his first season with the Devils and a player primed to

see playing time as a redshirt freshman

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2015): 

Spent 2015 season on the scout team; redshirted

HIGH SCHOOL:

Attended Kaplan High School where he also has experience at tight end

Listed by 24-7 Sports as the No. 20 weakside defensive end in the nation; Regarded by

Rivals.com

as the No. 29 strongside defensive end in the country; Ranked by ESPN as

the No. 57 defensive end prospect in the nation

Chose ASU over Michigan and also earned reported scholarship offers from Iowa State,

Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Oregon

State, Southern Mississippi, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Tulane

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EDMOND

BOATENG

REDSHIRT SENIOR | DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

6-3 - 254 | FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA

(NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUTE)

OVERVIEW:

Will compete for playing time on the defensive line this year

A solid pass rusher off the edge with the quickness to get to the quarterback and make plays

REDSHIRT JUNIOR (2015):

Saw action in 10 games, starting in three

Recorded six tackles on the season

Had three tackles and half a tackle for loss against A&M (9/5)

REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2014):

Finished the season with 22 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 4 TFL

Recorded first career tackle against New Mexico (09/06)

Earned his first career sack against UCLA (9/25)

Had a new career-high five tackles against Washington (10/25), including a sack

Ended the season with four tackles against Duke in the Sun Bowl (12/27)

NEW MEXICO MILITARY INSTITUTE (2012-13):

Four-star prospect according to ESPN; Also rated by ESPN as the third-best junior

college defensive end and the No. 25 overall junior college prospect in the nation; Rated

the No. 48 overall junior college player in the country by

Rivals.com

Earned All-West Region honors by PrepStar after his lone active season at New Mexico

Military Institute in Roswell

Coached by Joe Forchtner at New Mexico Military Institute

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2013):

Had 19 tackles, including 6.0 for loss with 2.0 sacks, as well as two pass breakups in

11 games as a redshirt freshman

FRESHMAN (2012):

Missed the 2012 season due to wrist injury

HIGH SCHOOL:

Registered 24 tackles, including 5.0 for loss with 3.0 sacks as a senior

at Wesley Chapel (Fla.) Wiregrass Ranch High School in 2011

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