The Sun Devils have had no lack of quarterback commits in the last few years, often finding their depth chart four to five deep in the position. This year, however, things are a little different.
No quarterbacks signed with the Devils in the 2018 class. Former quarterbacks Brady White and Blake Barnett both transferred to other schools in pursuit of playing time. Senior Manny Wilkins will start this year, with Dillon Sterling-Cole and an injured Ryan Kelley behind him as backups.
Kelley recently underwent shoulder surgery to clean it up, something that should have been done when he first arrived on campus. It has not been determined when he will be medically cleared to play, but there’s no doubt he will have some work to do.
The coaching staff is likely going to target two quarterbacks in the 2019 class, unless they decide to go a different route and sign transfer student. No matter what, the Sun Devils will likely try to bring in two players to add to the depth chart for the position.
Here are the uncommitted quarterbacks offered by Arizona State they should continue to focus their efforts on:
One of the most recently offered prospects, McIvor is a three-star pro-style quarterback from San Angelo Central in Texas. His offer list has recently been growing with his recruitment starting to heat up. McIvor has confidence in his passing abilities and would likely fit in well with an air-raid offense. He has shown the ability to connect with receivers all over the field.
He has offers from a handful of other schools, including Boise State, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rutgers and Texas Tech. He also received an offer from Ole Miss, but they’ve already received a QB commit for the 2019 class, making it unlikely McIvor commits there.
— Maverick McIvor (@MaverickMcIvor) May 14, 2018
The three-star, pro-style quarterback from Mission Viejo, CA seems to have the Sun Devils on his short list. Yellen has already taken two unofficial visits to Arizona State and knows he would have a good chance to compete among others in the depth chart. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, he has good size to add to his strongly accurate passing game and the ability to throw from small areas in the pocket.
Yellen also has an offer from Georgia. Despite their depth at quarterback, he’s noted he doesn’t mind because he feels he can compete for the job. Fans shouldn’t expect a commitment soon, though, as he noted he would be taking his time with the process.
— Joey Yellen (@JoeyYellen) April 25, 2018
Michael Johnson Jr.:
Although landing a commitment from this player will be a stretch, it’s not impossible. The four-star dual-threat quarterback from Eugene, OR has included Arizona State as one of the top seven schools on his list.
Johnson Jr. has noted he wants to wrap up recruiting by the end of next month, so the Sun Devils are really going to need to make a push if this one is going to happen. He wants to sign his NLI in December and has stated he wants to visit LSU, North Carolina State, Nebraska and Penn State before making his decision. Johnson Jr. has the Miami Hurricanes on his final list, whom he visited back in March.
His father is currently the wide receivers coach at Oregon, another school that is on his short list. He also has ties to Arizona State, though, as his father played for the Sun Devils in 1985 and 1986 before transferring.
— Michael Johnson Jr. (@m_johnsonjr1) May 4, 2018
It would not be surprising to see Arizona State continue to increase recruiting efforts for other 2019 quarterback prospects. It also wouldn’t be unlikely to see the Sun Devils pursue a transfer student from another program.
However, if the Sun Devils do not get a commitment soon from a quarterback, they may need to just call it a wash and put all of their efforts into recruiting a quarterback from the 2020 class.