QB Jayden Daniels breaks down final official visit

San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon quarterback Jayden Daniels took his final official visit over the weekend to Arizona State and the Sun Devils are a definite player here.

We last talked to Daniels following his official visit to Utah a few weeks ago. Arizona State had just started to come back in to the picture and Daniels said he would likely visit but it sounded like they were an underdog in the race.

Fast forward a few weeks and the Sun Devils are a major player right now.

“Yeh, I loved it there, they’re definitely in it,” Daniels said. “I had a great trip and there are a lot of pluses about ASU. i love the coaching staff, they have guys with NFL experience and know how to prepare their players to get to that level.

“The opportunity to compete for playing time right away is big too. They don’t have much depth at quarterback and Manny Wilkins will be graduating so there’s an opportunity to compete for the starting job. I’m on track to graduate early so that’s a big thing for me.”

Daniels said seeing how many young players are playing at ASU right now definitely caught his attention.

“They’re playing a ton of freshman, that really jumped out to me,” Daniels said. “Everyone says you can play early but at ASU, when they say the best players will play no matter what year, you can believe it because I see it with my eyes. They’re young but playing really well right now, it’s kind of surprising how well they’re doing with a new staff and a young team.

“I see them as a team on the rise and once the coaches get all their players in, they could be special. Coach Herm (Herm Edwards) is real cool. He’s a chill guy but also brings that energy. Antonio Pierce and Rob Likens are on me pretty hard right now too. I was talking with them early on in the process but then things kind of fell off but they’re back in it now and I like them a lot.”

ASU knocked off UCLA while Daniels was visiting and he said the offense is intriguing for him.

“They’re a power running team, everything starts off with that,” Daniels said. “From a scheme standpoint, they said they want to build the offense around the quarterbacks strengths. So with me, since I can run and pass, they would implement that in the offense but everything builds around the run game because if you can run the ball, you can do so many other things off of that.

“I like the city of Tempe, it’s a lot like L.A, there’s a lot to do there and it’s a really nice campus. The academics are really solid too. You can get a degree from ASU and it opens up a lot of doors. I plan to major in sports communication and they have a good program there. Overall, I had a real good vibe there and felt really comfortable. It felt like a home away from home for me so that’s why they’re high on my list now.”

Next up for Daniels will be a few home visits before making a decision.

“November 25 is the first day coaches can come in and both ASU and Cal will be coming over,” Daniels said. “I don’t have any others set yet but I know Utah and UCLA are trying to work out dates as well.

“ASU, Cal and Utah are the main schools I’m focusing on and I think I’ll be ready to make my decision sometime in early December. We play in the semifinals this week and then the finals are next week. I’m hopeful we make it to the finals and then we would have a week off before regionals. I think that would be a great time to make my decision. I’ll do the home visits and then hopefully be ready to make a commitment.”

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