According to a report from 247Sports Sun Devil Source, Arizona State sophomore wide receiver Jordan Kerley is opting out of the 2020 football season due to Coronavirus concerns. He is the first known player from the program to opt out.
As a freshman last year, Kerley had six receptions for 81 yards, including his best outing against Colorado in which he racked up 59 yards.
Originally a three-star out of Austin, Texas, Kerley is the second ASU wideout who will miss the upcoming season. The other is freshman wide receiver Elijhah Badger, who was ruled academically ineligible earlier this week.
Kerley had not yet reported to the team and has been taking classes online. He can return in the spring if he elects to do so.
With Kerley and Badgers absence, the Sun Devils are left with five returning receivers from last season, including senior Frank Darby, sophomore Ricky Pearsall, redshirt sophomore Geordon Porter, redshirt senior Brandon Pierce, and redshirt freshman Andre Johnson.
As for newcomers, the WR core boasts the four-star talents of LV Bunkley-Shelton, Chad Johnson Jr., and Johnny Wilson.
During a Pac-12 media webinar yesterday, Edwards praised Bunkley-Shelton and Wilson, stating they are “in the hunt” for starting spots and will receive their opportunities as freshmen this season.