Jayden Daniels picks LSU after transfer from Arizona State

Jayden Daniels has started 29 of 30 games at Arizona State over the past three years, but that tenure is officially over as the former Sun Devils starter plans to end his college career at LSU.

Daniels should be in Baton Rouge in time to start spring football with his new team. He completed his undergraduate degree from Arizona State in December and was still taking classes to maintain his eligibility.

He also reportedly considered Missouri.

Daniels will wear number 5, the same one he wore with the Sun Devils. His Instagram account has a photo of him wearing an LSU uniform with this number. The school also sent out a social media post confirming Daniels’ addition.

Daniels’ experience would likely give him the edge in the competition for a starting spot, with other contenders including redshirt senior Myles Brennan, redshirt freshman Garrett Nussmeier and newcomer Walker Howard.

LSU is in transition with Brian Kelly, formerly at Notre Dame, now at the helm.

“Jayden is an exceptional player who will make our quarterback even stronger. He’s a playmaker with a strong arm and the ability to make plays with his feet,” Kelly told The Athletic.

Many expected Daniels to seek a change of scenery. He wasn’t necessarily on the same page as former Arizona State offensive coordinator Zak Hill. When Daniels came out on social media in December he was planning on coming back, it came as a surprise to most.

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But Daniels actually entered the transfer portal last month, with the announcement coming after Hill resigned and the school announced new offensive coordinator Glenn Thomas.

Just hours after Daniels announced that he planned to look for a new school, a video surfaced on social media of two teammates outside his locker with some critical words for their former teammate.

Daniels came to Arizona State in 2019 as a four-star prospect from Cajon High School in San Bernardino, California. As a true freshman, he threw for 2,943 yards with 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions, leading the Sun Devils to a last-second win over a highly ranked Michigan State team in their first victory on the collegiate road. There were also two other significant wins this season – a road win over California and his most notable performance in a win over the then No. 1. 6 Oregon.

In the Ducks’ 31-28 loss, Daniels threw for a career-high 408 yards and three touchdowns, edging future first-round pick Justin Herbert.

He started all but one game as a freshman, but the last two years he struggled to find the same productivity.

Last season he completed 197 of 301 passes for 2,381 yards with 10 touchdowns, but had 10 interceptions after entering the season after throwing just three in his first two years combined (17 games) .

He also rushed for 710 yards and six touchdowns, highlighted by a 48-yard rush in the Sun Devils’ 38-15 Territorial Cup victory over Arizona.

LSU is coming off a 6-7 season that included a 3-5 mark in the SEC. The Tigers lost to Kansas State 42-20 in the Texas Bowl.