2 more high-profile players leave ASU football under the NCAA's new transfer rule

By Michele Aerin
Published: Friday, April 22, 2022 - 9:10am
Updated: Friday, April 22, 2022 - 9:48am

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ASU Spring Football Showcase 2022
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Players practice at ASU’s Spring Football Showcase on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Arizona State’s football program has been involved in an ongoing NCAA investigation into hosting recruits on campus during a so-called COVID-19 “dead” period. Already troubled, the program received more negative news Thursday as two of its top players — sophomore linebacker Eric Gentry and junior wide receiver Ricky Pearsall — have decided to transfer.

Pearsall, a local product from Tempe Corona del Sol High school, played three years for the Sun Devils after his arrival in 2019. The 2021 season was his best, as he reeled in 48 receptions for 580 yards and four touchdowns.

The NCAA one-time transfer rule is giving athletes new opportunities, as ASU football has now lost 13 players since November. The one-time transfer rule took effect on April 28,2021 and allows athletes to transfer to a different school one time during their career and play immediately.

Doug Haller who covers ASU for The Athletic says that most of the hurdles to transferring have been removed.

“It used to be that they would have to sit out a year, and that was a pretty strong deterrent to keep people from just transferring all the time. No one wanted to go somewhere and have to sit,” Haller said.

Haller says that it is important to note, other Pac-12 schools have lost more players than ASU, but the Sun Devils’ losses — which include quarterback Jayden Daniels, who transferred to LSU — have been more significant.

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