Jayden Daniels has been named the starting quarterback for the Arizona State Sun Devils‘ season-opener against Kent State. When Daniels signed with Arizona State in December, he became the highest-ranked quarterback recruit to commit to the school in the 247 Sports Era.
Daniels is the first true freshman quarterback to start the season-opener for the Sun Devils. While he may be a true freshman, Daniels has been on campus since January.
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Jayden Daniels Named Arizona State Starter
Daniels is a talented quarterback out of San Bernadino, California. However, he’s not the only talented quarterback brought in this past recruiting cycle. They also brought in four-star quarterback Ethan Long.
The battle was between those two and veteran Dillon Sterling-Cole, largely.
Arizona State has a good roster and a lot of their success or failure this season is going to come down to quarterback play. Daniels is a good dual-threat option, and he should be a good replacement for Manny Wilkins.
Flanking Daniels in the backfield will be Eno Benjamin, who is one of the better returning running backs in college football. That will take a lot of pressure off of the freshman.
The Sun Devils surprised people last season. When Herm Edwards was hired, people viewed it as a weird hire that would flop.
Edwards being able to get Daniels to sign was huge, and now he’s putting the future of the program in the freshman’s hands.
For Edwards to succeed long-term in Tempe, Daniels will need to pan out.
This season will come with ups and downs for Daniels. The Sun Devils will need to be patient with him, much like Dorian Thompson-Robinson in the same division at UCLA last season.
Expect Daniels to be better as a freshman than Thompson-Robinson was, but it’ll be similar in the sense that ups and downs will happen.
Overall it’s a good choice for Arizona State to make. If the competition was close, going with the freshman is generally the right answer. In the long run, the Sun Devils will be better off for going with the freshman.
Herm Edwards has good job security, it seems, which makes it easier for him to make this decision. His program will also be better off for going with the true freshman now, in the long-term.