Former Arizona State quarterback Jaden Daniels He committed to playing for LSU, sources told ESPN on Sunday.
The decision hands LSU one of the most successful quarterbacks to enter the NCAA transfer gate this offseason. Daniels threw 6,025 yards and 32 touchdowns during his three seasons as a base start for Arizona State.
He is expected to be a contender to start at LSU, which has a strong quarterback room but no clear start. He will compete with the old trio of red jersey Miles BrennanStudent in red roses Garrett Nosmeyer and early associate Howard Walker.
With the addition of Daniels, there will likely be strong quarterback competition in Brian Kelly’s first season as LSU coach. Daniels is an alumni transfer, which means he’ll be eligible to start a quarterback during spring football. He is expected to arrive in mid-March, a source said, and his graduation program will allow him to register and qualify. This will give Kelly, offensive coordinator Mike Denbrook and quarterback coach Joe Sloan a full spring-summer camp to assess the quarterbacks.
Daniels entered 2021 as one of the most talented quarterbacks in the country, although his progression at Arizona State hasn’t been linear. He came to prominence as one of the country’s top real freshmen in 2019, throwing just 17 touchdowns and interceptions. Last season, he threw for 2,380 yards with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Heading into the 2021 season, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Daniels was considered one of the top NFL prospects in the country, and he looked destined to be a triple. He was the first player in Arizona State history to start his first professional game, leading the Sun Devils to a record 8-5 and ball win over Florida State.
Daniels entered the NCAA transfer gate on February 18, a decision that followed the release of a video in December that said he would remain in Arizona. His departure was a blow to the Sun Devils which has been filled with coaching staff turnover and roster uncertainty as the NCAA continues to investigate Herm Edwards enlistment abuses.
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