Former Arizona State three-year starting quarterback Jayden Daniels entered the transfer portal in February, and on Sunday, he picked his new school.
Daniels has officially committed to play college football at LSU, the school announced in a statement.
Quarterback @JayD__5 is officially a Tiger! Welcome home, Jayden.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) March 6, 2022
Here’s what LSU head coach Brian Kelly had to say about adding Daniels:
“Jayden is an outstanding player who will make our quarterback room even stronger,” Kelly said. “He’s a playmaker with a strong arm and the ability to make plays with his feet. We are excited to welcome Jayden to our program as we continue to build a roster of student-athletes who will compete for championships on the field and work just as hard in the classroom to earn their degree.”
Daniels posted on Instagram, “GEAUX TIGERS.”
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He’s expected to compete with Myles Brennan (redshirt senior), Garrett Nussmeier (redshirt freshman), and Walker Howard (incoming freshman) for the LSU starting quarterback position.
The 21-year-old was sensational as a freshman at ASU, throwing for 17 touchdowns, just two interceptions, and 2,943 yards (8.7 AVG). Daniels threw for 22 touchdowns and three interceptions combined over his first two seasons.
However, in 2021, Daniels struggled as a passer, with 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions (but he did have a career-best completion percentage of 65.4). He was at least a big weapon in the rushing game, with 710 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
It will be interesting to see if LSU can get the 2019-20 passing production from Daniels, but they’re at least getting a dynamic dual-threat talent regardless.
Here’s a sampling of how the college football world has reacted to Daniels transferring to LSU:
— 247Sports Transfer Portal (@247SportsPortal) March 6, 2022
I think Jayden Daniels would be a better option than Myles Brennan.
• Denbrock and Sloan both have worked with a lot of dual threat QBs
• LSU needs a mobile guy behind that line
• Daniels has a couple years of eligibility left
— Will (@rozenwill) March 6, 2022
Interesting move here by LSU.
Brian Kelly got Myles Brennan to return from the portal already and now they add a QB that’s regressed since his college debut in 2019.
Jayden Daniels was also considering Mizzou https://t.co/5toFSL0dVu
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) March 6, 2022
I wonder how Brian Kelly got Jayden Daniels to come to the Bayou
— Ryan Roberts (@RiseNDraft) March 6, 2022
Jayden Daniels to LSU. Going to be an interesting QB competition in Baton Rouge.
Brian Kelly is killing it in the transfer portal.
— Brian Stultz (@brianjstultz) March 6, 2022
Jayden Daniels to LSU? Whoa.
— Ry (@JustRyCole) March 6, 2022
Jayden Daniels to LSU is actually pretty intriguing
— Robert O'Neill (@RobertONeill31) March 6, 2022
Brian Kelly: Im not going anywhere.
*goes to LSU*
Jayden Daniels: I’m not going anywhere.
*goes to LSU* https://t.co/y2010zT0XV
— The Harris Highlights Show (@TheHHShow_) March 6, 2022