Former Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels is transferring to LSU, the school confirmed Sunday, giving the team one of the most accomplished quarterbacks on the market ahead of spring practice.
Daniels, a three-year starter, threw for 6,024 yards and 32 touchdowns at Arizona State. He also rushed for 1,288 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Daniels will be eligible for spring practice as a graduate transfer. He's expected to arrive on campus in the next few weeks, according to multiple reports. ESPN first reported Daniels' decision.
“Jayden is an outstanding player who will make our quarterback room even stronger,” coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “He’s a playmaker with a strong arm and the ability to make plays with his feet.”
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Daniels entered the NCAA transfer portal in February after originally saying in a video on social media he would return to Arizona State for a fourth season. His departure dealt another blow to the Sun Devils' program, which has been under an NCAA investigation for recruiting violations.
LSU now has four scholarship quarterbacks heading into Kelly's first spring practice, which begins March 24. Daniels joined fifth-year senior Myles Brennan, redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier and freshman Walker Howard — a strong group but one that doesn't have a returning starter.
Adding Daniels left the Tigers with three more spots in the 2022 recruiting class, which they are expected to use on more transfers in the months ahead. Daniels became the 14th player to transfer to LSU this cycle.
After Daniels signed with Arizona State as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback and No. 35 overall player in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, he had a breakout freshman season.
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Daniels became the first player in Arizona State history to start the season opener as a true freshman. He then passed for 2,943 yards with 17 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Before the 2021 campaign, Daniels was considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the country. But during an up-and-down season, he completed 65.4% of his passes for 2,380 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Daniels has more experience than LSU's other quarterbacks, and further setting him apart, the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder also provides a rushing threat. Last season, Daniels rushed for 710 yards and six touchdowns, both career-highs.
The skill fits the mold new offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock envisions for quarterbacks. In February, Denbrock said when LSU recruited the position in the future, he wanted players “that may be a little bit able to make some plays with his feet,” in addition to having a strong, accurate arm and the ability to quickly process defenses.
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“I think that dual-threat quarterback in today's football, especially in this league with some of the monsters we go against on the defensive side of the ball, is another element you can add to who you already are,” Denbrock said. “That's something that we're looking for.”
Daniels will still have to contend with the quarterbacks on LSU's roster. Brennan returned to the program in December after spending six weeks in the transfer portal as he looked for somewhere to start with his final season of eligibility, trying to prove himself to NFL evaluators.
When LSU's coaches were introduced late last month, they said there would be an open competition during spring practice as they learned about their personnel.
Now Kelly, Denbrock and quarterbacks coach Joe Sloan will have another quarterback to evaluate at the position.