One week ago, ASU had no 2019 commits and a massive question mark at the quarterback position moving forward. A week later, Herm Edwards and Co. have checked both boxes.
After getting a commitment from three-star quarterback Ethan Long on Monday, Joey Yellen, a four-star pro-style quarterback, according to 247Sports, committed to the Maroon and Gold via Twitter on Sunday.
The 6-foot-2, 211-pound signal caller from Mission Viejo, California is ranked as the 13th-best pro-style quarterback in 247Sports’ rankings. Although he sits 25 spots above Long, Yellen told Sun Devil Source that he is going to embrace the competition.
“Competition is a given wherever you go,” Yellen said. “If I’m going to compete I’d rather do it with a guy who is in the same position I am instead of a guy who already knows the playbook and has been there a year or two and has college experience. So really it’s no problem.
“I’m sure he doesn’t have a problem with it either. It’s just kind of part of being a college quarterback. You’re not going to get a free walk to be a starter in the Pac-12.”
At Mission Viejo High School last season, Yellen threw for 2,439 yards, 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 12 games as a junior. He also held offers from Georgia, Washington State, Oregon State and others.
After quarterbacks Bryce Perkins, Brady White and Blake Barnett all transferred away from Tempe in the past year, the Sun Devils have just three scholarship quarterbacks on their roster for 2018.
Redshirt senior Manny Wilkins will be the starter again with the backup duties coming from junior Dillion Sterling-Cole and redshirt freshman Ryan Kelley. The 2019 quarterback competition looks like it will be wide open and Yellen may even have a shot to be the week one starter.
Here are his highlights from last season: