Jayden Daniels transfer options: Pac-12 schools among landing spots for ASU football QB
After it was reported Thursday that Arizona State football's Jayden Daniels intended to transfer, speculation immediately turned to possible landing spots for the quarterback.
And some of the speculation had him staying pretty close to Tempe.
Several Pac-12 schools were included as potential transfer destinations for Daniels.
Athlon Sports listed California and UCLA among Daniels' possible next teams.
Steven Lassan wrote of California's fit for Daniels: "The Golden Bears already added one transfer (Jack Plummer) this offseason, but Daniels would be an upgrade over the quarterbacks battling for the starting job. Also, Daniels is a native of California, so this would mark a return close to home."
He wrote of UCLA: "Dorian Thompson-Robinson is back, but Daniels' hometown of San Bernardino isn't far from Los Angeles."
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Trojans Wire wrote that Washington made the most sense for Daniels, should he transfer to a Pac-12 school.
Matt Zemek wrote: "Yet, if Daniels wants to stay in the West — and more specifically, in the Pac-12 — one school stands out above all others: Washington. Bo Nix of Auburn went to Oregon. Daniels probably could beat Nix, but why would he want a contentious battle for the QB1 spot in Eugene under a defense-first coach, Dan Lanning? Cal and Colorado can certainly use quarterbacks, but why would Daniels go to Berkeley or Boulder when he can go to Seattle and play for an offense-first head coach, Kalen DeBoer, who did a great job developing Jake Haener at Fresno State? UCLA, Utah, and USC are all set at quarterback in the Pac-12 South. Oregon State, Stanford, and Washington State have their desired quarterbacks in the North. Daniels wouldn’t transfer to ASU’s rival, the Arizona Wildcats. Washington is the obvious choice."
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Of course, Daniels could choose to go to a different conference to close out his college career.
Fansided listed Iowa State, West Virginia and Texas Tech as possibilities in the Big 12.
Andrew Miller wrote: "It feels like the only Big 12 teams at the moment that will be returning notable starting quarterbacks are the Baylor Bears with Gerry Bohanon and the Oklahoma State Cowboys with Spencer Sanders. Granted, the TCU Horned Frogs and new head coach Sonny Dykes could roll with a returning starter in Max Duggan if he wins the job over Chandler Morris. Moreover, if Daniels were to land in the Big 12 after putting his name in the transfer portal this week, that would obviously be a notable storyline. He could at least shift the Big 12 quarterback landscape a little bit if he lands with anything more than a mediocre team in this conference."
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Athlon Sports included LSU, Missouri, Penn State and Wisconsin as possibilities for Daniels and Florida State, Iowa State, New Mexico, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Syracuse and Virginia Tech as longshots for the former ASU quarterback.
Of New Mexico, Lassan wrote: "Former Arizona State assistant Danny Gonzales was hired as New Mexico's head coach prior to the 2020 season. Although a Power 5 program seems to be the most likely landing spot for Daniels, this would be a good fit in terms of familiarity."
Other possibilities for Daniels?
Returning to Arizona State is still an option.
So is a less traditional approach, like joining the USFL, which was brought up by some on social media.
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Where will the quarterback end up?
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