There was a feeling of uncertainty for many who follow Sun Devil football as they were down to just three quarterbacks on the depth chart not too long ago. The departures of Brady White and Blake Barnett had a significant impact on the program, and Arizona State did not sign any quarterbacks in the 2018 class. However, things are starting to look more promising for the quarterback situation.
Six days after West Lynn High School’s quarterback Ethan Long committed to Arizona State, the Sun Devils picked up their second pledge for the position in the 2019 class.
— Joey Yellen (@JoeyYellen) June 10, 2018
Four-star pro-style quarterback Joey Yellen from Mission Viejo High School in California committed to Arizona State on June 10th. His pledge marks the second of the class, making both recruits on the board quarterbacks. Yellen is six-foot-three, 211-pounds and ranked 13th by 247sports as a pro-style signal caller. ESPN has ranked him as the seventh best pocket-passer in the nation and the country’s 125th overall prospect.
After starting his career off at St. John Bosco, he transferred in the middle of his sophomore year to Mission Viejo. In his junior season, Yellen passed for 2,439 yards, 29 touchdowns and ten interceptions in 13 games. He completed 54.5 percent of his passes to lead Mission Viejo to a 12-1 season. Their one loss was to Mater Dei, the team who became the CIF Southern Sectional champs.
Besides Arizona State, Yellen had offers from Georgia, Oregon State, and Washington State to name a few. Although he had offers from all of these schools, the only two he had visited were Arizona State and Georgia, making it likely he would choose between one of the two.
Ultimately, Yellen decided his future would be with the Sun Devils in maroon and gold, as the campus, atmosphere and program just felt like a better fit for him. He has reported he plans to enroll early, and will be in Barrett the Honors College.
Christian LaValle, one of Yellen’s former teammates at Mission Viejo, is a member of the 2018 class.