Arizona State Hires Billy Napier As Offensive Coordinator

    Arizona State has hired Billy Napier as its next offensive coordinator, as Napier previously served as Alabama's wide receivers coach.

    January 29, 2017

    Arizona State has hired Billy Napier as its next offensive coordinator, as Napier previously served as Alabama’s wide receivers coach. 

    With only a few days left before National Signing Day, the Crimson Tide coaching staff has taken another hit.

    Alabama wide receivers coach Billy Napier has been hired by Arizona State to serve as the Sun Devils’ next offensive coordinator, as first reported by

    This past season, the Crimson Tide ranked No. 87 in passing offense with 210. 3 yard per game, and Arizona State ranked No. 39 with 259.3 yard per game. However, there are a few more variables to consider, as Alabama was led by true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts and ran the ball about 200 more times than it threw it.

    The Sun Devils found themselves in need of a new offensive coordinator when Chip Lindsey left to take the same position at Auburn.

    For head coach Todd Graham and ASU, this is a home run hire. Napier, aside from being a well-respected coach, is also a top-tier recruiter. The list of commits he’s helped bring to Tuscaloosa include blue-chip prospects outside of his wide receiver corps: Cam Robinson, Calvin Ridley and Trevon Diggs come to mind. But in the 2017 class alone, Napier has reeled in 4-star receivers Jerry Jeudy and Tyrell Shavers, along with 4-star tight ends Major Tennison and Kedrick James.

    However, his resume as a recruiter extends to his time spent with Clemson. From 2006 to 2010, Napier made his way up from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator and helped the Tigers land both Tajh Boyd and Vic Beasley.

    For Alabama, though. This is yet another major change to its staff. Former offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin left to become the head coach at FAU, which allowed Steve Sarkisian to be promoted from offensive analyst to offensive coordinator.

    Mario Cristobal also left his job coaching the Tide’s offensive line in order to become Oregon’s next offensive coordinator.

    Now, one should never doubt Nick Saban, but it’s clear his staff will look a lot different next season. And it could affect recruiting, as 5-star prospect DeVonta Smith and 4-star recruit Henry Ruggs III were both being heavily recruited by Napier and will announce their decisions on Wednesday.

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