Players are slowly starting to trickle into the transfer portal in all corners of the FBS, and ASU is no exception. Below are the following players who have announced they are entering the transfer portal post-season and leaving ASU, as well as new transfers coming in to the program.
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Jake Smith - Wide Receiver - Junior (Texas / USC)
Smith, a consensus four-star prospect out of high school, was the No. 49 prospect in the 2019 class. In two seasons at Texas, Smith caught 48 passes for 568 yards and nine touchdowns. He did not play in 2021 at USC due to a foot injury, and he stepped away from the team in 2022. According to Chris Karpman of SunDevilSource, he is completing his degree and will be classified as a graduate transfer.
Smith was also the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2018 at Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep.
Tate Romney - Linebacker - Freshman (BYU)
Another Valley-raised Cougar is coming home. Romney served a full mission for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2020-2022, so this past season was his first collegiate experience. The Chandler-product was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, and he took a redshirt-year in 2022 after appearing in just three games.
DeCarlos Brooks - Running Back - Junior (Cal)
Aguano and Dillingham strike again with another Chandler Wolves legend. Brooks was another member of the Chandler class of 2019 that won three-straight state championships, and he contributed 55 total touchdowns on 4,317 all-purpose yards.
In 2022 at Cal, Brooks took 59 carries for 250 yards (4.2 yards per-carry) and one touchdown.
Jacob Conover - Quarterback - Sophomore (BYU)
There is no doubt that running backs coach Shaun Aguano had some pull on this one. Conover won three-straight state titles at Chandler with Aguano as head coach. He was tabbed as a four-star recruit by the 247Sports Composite ranking, and went to BYU over offers from Alabama, ASU, Ole Miss and more.
At BYU, he completed 5-of-11 passes for 45 yards in two games over the span of two seasons.
Josh Carlson - Punter - Junior (New Mexico State)
Carlson fills the vacant punter position by way of New Mexico State. As an Aggie in 2022, Carlson averaged 40.5 yards per-punt, and added 15 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Slater Zellers - Long Snapper - Senior (Cal)
Zellers brings four years of long-snapping experience from Cal, a sweet name and a rocking head of hair to Charlie Ragle’s special-teams group.
Krew Jackson - Linebacker/Safety - Freshman (Kansas State)
To the naked eye, Jackson’s 6-foot-5-inch, 205-pound frame is reminiscent of former Sun Devil and current USC linebacker Eric Gentry. Jackson, a Queen Creek-native, was ranked as the No. 14 prospect, as a safety, in Arizona’s 2021 class, according to Rivals.
At Kansas State, he recorded a sack and an interception while appearing in just three games.
Tristan Monday - Defensive Lineman - Freshman (Wisconsin)
Monday, a Scottsdale native and graduate of Saguaro High School, recorded 11 sacks at Saguaro before committing to Arizona. After visiting Madison, Monday flipped to Wisconsin, where he was buried down the depth chart during the 2022 season.
The former three-star stands at 6-foot-4-inches and 240 pounds.
B.J. Green II - Defensive Lineman - Junior
Green was potentially the defensive lineman with the highest motor for the Sun Devils the last two years. Green combined for 7.5 sacks in the last two years. As a walk-on true freshman in 2021, Green led the ASU defense in sacks with five.
Emory Jones - Quarterback - Senior
With one year of eligibility remaining, Jones decided to enter the portal in an attempt to find a secure starting job elsewhere. With Trenton Bourguet staying, and the Jacob Conover coming back to the Valley, that job security does not exist in Tempe.
Jones started seven games for the Sun Devils in 2022. His concussion against Washington opened the door for Bourguet to get reps, in which he largely impressed. Following the 15-14 loss to Stanford, Jones was benched.
He threw for 1,533 yards on a 62.8% completion-rate with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. On the ground, he ran for four scores. He enters the portal as a graduate transfer
Ben Scott - Center - Senior
Scott was a three-year starter for the Sun Devils, playing every game each of the last three seasons up until an injury that kept him on the sidelines against Oregon State. Coming into the 2022 season, Scott was selected to the All-Pac-12 Third Team.
Eddie Czaplicki - Punter - Junior
Czaplcki’s exit sits right near LaDarius Henderson’s at the top of the list for most impactful. It was announced Tuesday that Czaplicki earned First-Team All-Pac-12 honors. On Wednesday, he announced he was leaving ASU.
Cam Johnson - Wide Receiver - Graduate transfer
Johnson simply never seemed to crack the two-deep on the depth chart, and only saw a few snaps per game in the receiver rotation. In 2022, he caught 10 passes for 84 yards.
Joe Moore - Defensive End - Junior
Moore is one of the most talented Sun Devils to be entering the portal this offseason. Coming to Tempe as a four-star recruit, expectations were high for Moore, who slowly improved as a Sun Devil, but he never seemed to reach his true potential.
In two full seasons, he recorded three-and-a-half sacks and 30 total tackles.
John Ferlmann - Long Snapper - Sophomore
After I completely jinxed it in a previous article, Ferlmann entered the portal Monday evening.
Gage King - Long Snapper - Junior
King primarily spent his time in Tempe as a scout-team long snapper.
LaDarius Henderson - Left Guard - Graduate Student
Henderson’s exit is by-far the most consequential portal entry for ASU so far. In 32 games at ASU, he established himself as the offensive line’s strongest draft prospect, even with teammates such as Cohl Cabral, Kellen Diesch, Dohnovan West and more.
The Texas-native never returned to action this year after sustaining a finger injury against Washington that required surgery. He carries one more year of eligibility.
Omarr Norman-Lott - Defensive Lineman - Junior
Nobody knows the portal quite like Norman-Lott, who returned to ASU last offseason after a short stint in the portal. This season, he matched his sack total (2) from 2021, but his tackle count was basically halved from 30 to 14, though playing defensive-line can be a thankless task on the stat sheet.
He has three more years of eligibility.
Jace Feely - Kicker - Sophomore
Feely, the son of former NFL-kicker Jay Feely, lost the kicking competition to Carter Brown in fall camp, and never received any meaningful playing-time in Tempe. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
Daniyel Ngata - Running Back - Sophomore
Let’s be honest, Ngata never received a true opportunity to shine as the lead-back in Tempe, and he probably can get that chance at another power-five school.
In three seasons as a Sun Devil, Ngata tallied 689 yards-rushing on 5.1 yards per-carry and six touchdowns. His freshman year in 2020 saw the emergence of transfers Rachaad White and Chip Trayanum, to which Ngata took the back seat in the rotation. That dynamic remained the same in 2021. This season, the running game was centered around Wyoming-transfer Xazavian Valladay.
He just never got over the hump on the two-deep like he was expected to. Ngata’s departure shouldn’t surprise the majority. Ngata’s name is yet to officially enter the portal, but it was quietly reported Thursday, and he has removed ASU-related content from his social media.
Anthonie Cooper* - Defensive End - Junior
Anthonie Cooper leaving for the transfer portal was a little more surprising. Cooper, a Glendale-native, showed flashes of bright spots amid an ever-struggling front-seven in 2022. This past season, he was tied for the team lead in sacks with 2.5, a slight step-down from his 3.5 sacks last season.
The former three-star should get power-five opportunities.
*Cooper withdrew his name from the transfer portal on Monday 12/12.
Paul Tyson - Quarterback - Graduate Transfer
Tyson, who transferred to ASU in the spring, is allowed to use another penalty-free transfer because he is classified as a graduate student. He battled for the presumed starting quarterback job in the spring, but that competition between Tyson and Trenton Bourguet was upended by the summer-arrival of Emory Jones.
Tyson never played a snap for the Sun Devils.