Arizona State starting quarterback Jayden Daniels has entered the transfer portal, according to 247Sports’ Chris Hummer. Multiple members of the Sun Devils coaching staff have already been informed of his plans, per 247Sports, and his request has been processed by the school. Daniels is expected to consider several Power Five suitors, including some within the Pac-12.
The impending portal addition comes after Daniels announced in December that he would be returning to Arizona State for his senior season. However, the program underwent significant coaching staff changes to start 2022 in the wake of the NCAA’s investigation into allegations of improper contact during the COVID-19 dead period. Among them were offensive coordinator Zak Hill and tight ends coach Adam Breneman, both of whom resigned in January after initially being placed on administrative leave.
Daniels made history in 2019 when he became the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener in Arizona State history — a 30-7 win over Kent State — and he went on to throw for 2,943 yards, 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions that season. He has been the full-time starter for coach Herm Edwards and thrown for 6,025 yards, 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in three seasons — one of which (2020) was limited him to four games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What does Daniels’ departure mean for him and Arizona State?
Daniels is the top QB option in the portal
There’s no doubt that Daniels will be one of the most sought-after players in the transfer portal. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder is the most experienced available quarterback in the portal at this time. Nearly every other quarterback to hit the portal this offseason has already found a new home.