TEMPE (AP) - With the clock ticking on coach Dennis Erickson's protracted efforts to rebuild a winner at Arizona State, the scholarship-strapped Sun Devils signed 13 recruits, including two quarterbacks, Wednesday.
Arizona State had a limited number of scholarships available because of a smaller than usual group of departing seniors.
Among the signees are quarterbacks Mike Bercovici of Woodland Hills, Calif., and Michael Eubank of Corona, Calif.
"Anytime in recruiting, there are ups and downs," Erickson said. "The situation with us this year, unlike a lot of years, is that we just didn't have enough scholarships."
The veteran coach knows time is of the essence. The patience and support shown by athletic director Lisa Love can't go on forever if the wins don't come.
Since directing Arizona State to a 10-3 record in 2007, his first season with the Sun Devils, Erickson has gone 15-21, and Arizona State has failed to make it to a bowl game in three consecutive seasons. Erickson has one year left on his contract after this coming season.
The two quarterbacks are a contrast in styles. Bercovici, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, was rated the No. 7 quarterback in the country overall by PrepStar and the No. 14 drop-back passer overall by Rivals.com. He never wavered after verbally committing to Arizona State in June and already is on campus.
Eubank, 6-5 and 232 pounds, is a runner as well as a passer at Centennial High.
"I don't know if there's a team in the country that signed two quarterbacks as good as we did," Erickson said. "A lot of times, you look at positions, and as we know, over the last couple of years, you better have one to win a lot of football games. To me, one quarterback might be worth two or three recruits, depending on how good they are."
Erickson said Eubank "was kind of a guy who was a sleeper early on in recruiting, just because he hadn't played a lot," Erickson said. "As time went on, we were one of the first ones to offer him, and then all of a sudden there were a bunch of people offering him."
Most of the best players inside Arizona chose out-of-state schools. The Sun Devils kept five. They are wide receiver Gary Chambers of Ironwood High in Glendale, offensive lineman Vi Teofilo of Moon Valley High in Phoenix, linebacker Israel Marshall of Mountain Pointe High in Phoenix, defensive lineman Mo Latu of Perry High in Gilbert and punter Josh Hubner of Scottsdale Community College.
Safety Ezekiel Bishop of East High in Denver initially chose Arizona but switched to Arizona State.
"Obviously, we lost some players. It's just how recruiting normally is," Erickson said. "I think one of the biggest things we saw this year, that we haven't seen, was the flip of recruits. Normally we've been on the other side of that. I don't know that there's any reason for it. Sometimes it's what other people say, or sometimes they look at the roster and the opportunity to play early."