According to multiple reports from practice, Shaun Aguano brought out quite the local contingent to see the Sun Devils.

The reported number of attending high school recruits approached 70 between the 2023, 2024, and 2025 high school classes. Aguano’s message, per Sun Devil Source’s Chris Karpman: “I’m a man of my word.”

At the team’s first head coach press conference after announcing the program had parted ways with Herm Edwards, Aguano stressed the importance of local recruiting. It’s been a major topic of concern at ASU for some time, that the state’s top talent didn’t have the kind of relationship with ASU’s coaches that they should have.

“I will personally recruit Arizona kids,” said Aguano, the former Chandler High School head coach. “I know the coaches. I know the kids. I know what they want. I will personally recruit Arizona kids. They have to be a good fit. They have to be as athletic as the teams we face.”

The Sun Devils didn’t sign an Arizona recruit in the 2022 cycle, and they don’t currently have any in-state recruits verbally committed in the 2023 cycle. We’ll see if Aguano’s tenacity can change things.