Arizona State's football program has been dumpster fire for a while, but it had gasoline thrown on it Thursday when quarterback Jayden Daniels entered the transfer portal. Daniels was the Sun Devils' most important player and now he's headed out of town. Combine that with a ton of turnover and a massive NCAA investigation and Herm Edwards' program is an absolute mess.
Daniels has started for three seasons at ASU, and was set to enter his fourth year on campus as an NFL prospect despite a shaky season in 2021. He has the height, mobility and arm strength to make it in the NFL if he could add bulk to his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame. In 2021, Daniels completed 65.4 percent of his passes for 2,380 yards, with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He needs to improve but was poised to be a huge piece of the team in 2022 as a returning three-year starter.
Daniels was a huge recruit for Edwards in the 2019 class. A four-star prospect and the 35th ranked player in the nation, Edwards' staff worked hard to steal the young quarterback out of Southern California. Daniels was Edwards' first big national recruiting win. The fact that he's no longer sold on the program is a huge deal.
Spencer Rattler looked at Arizona State before transferring to South Carolina, Daniels' presence on the roster likely scared him away. The cupboard is pretty bare for the Sun Devils at the quarterback position if Daniels does, indeed, decide to move on.
Edwards will have two new coordinators, has lost a chunk of his staff due to the NCAA investigation and now must replace his starting quarterback. Arizona State is a mess and Edwards' time there is likely approaching its end.