It’s finally the part of the offseason when we can get excited about football again, and Arizona State football fans have a few new guys to be excited about.
Earlier this month, ASU locked down two new quarterbacks. Ethan Long, from West Linn, Oregon, gave ASU its first 2019 commitment and Joey Yellen, out of Mission Viejo, California, was the second 2019 commitment for ASU.
Long, at 6-2 and 210 pounds, is ranked the No. 70 quarterback prospect nationally and the 3rd best player overall from Oregon, and had multiple offers from a variety of schools. Utah currently was the only other FBS school who had offered him, with their offer being for him at linebacker most likely because of Long’s wrestling experience. As a top student, Long also brought in offers from Ivy League schools but after an official visit to Tempe, the Oregon quarterback ultimately chose ASU.
While Long’s two FBS offers were just from Utah and ASU, he appears to have interest from Nebraska and Boise State, as well as the in-state Ducks and Beavers. He’ll likely pick up some more offers before signing day, whether as a linebacker or as other programs scramble to find a quarterback this cycle.
Then there’s Joey Yellen. Yellen, 6-2 and 211 pounds, comes from California powerhouse Mission Viejo; his teammates last year included current Washington receiver Austin Osborne, USC cornerback Olaijah Griffin, Notre Dame tackle Jarrett Patterson, Boise State safety Chris Mitchell, and ASU linebacker Christian LaVelle. He’s ranked No. 13 nationally among prospective quarterbacks and is a .89 four-star recruit on the 247 Sports composite ranking. Yellen also had a lot of attention from other top football programs, listing Colorado State, Oregon State, and Georgia (along with ASU) in his top four. He had further offers from Washington State, San Jose State, and Brown, along with the other four but, like Long, it was the visits to Tempe that decided it for Yellen.
The California quarterback has already formed a strong relationship with newly promoted offensive coordinator Rob Likens. “I remember when I got the Oregon State offer he messaged me congrats and something like, ‘I actually fought a Beaver once and killed it.’ It was really funny. It was one of the most off the wall things I’ve received and I was just saying, ‘I like this guy,'” Yellen told 247 Sports. The two have also been developing new blueprints for the ASU offense, taking ideas from the offense Yellen ran in high school.
In terms of stats, both commits combined averaged a 60 percent completion rate, 30 touchdowns with 10 interceptions during their junior years.
As for playing time, both quarterbacks told 247Sports the ASU coaches were upfront about their plan for adding depth to the position. Long and Yellen are not bothered by this though, just thankful for the opportunity to play at a top program.
Nothing can be determined as to who will be named the backup to current ASU quarterback Manny Wilkins, but the new additions are strong, young talents that both can compete to be his successor when they get to campus in 2019.