LSU DE Jordan Allen to Arizona: "It's a good place for me all around with the development of my game and chance to play at a high level."
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 30, 2014
Arizona’s football program landed another player who has strapped on the pads for LSU from the SEC.
Jordan Allen, a senior defensive end who will be immediately eligible this fall, chose Arizona over TCU. He joins former LSU quarterback Jarrard Randall on Arizona’s roster. Randall, who never played at LSU, came to Arizona from Northeast Mississippi Junior College.
Arizona will enter the 2014 with seven transfers from other major college programs in alphabetical order (with potential role listed):
— Allen (potential starter on defensive line with end Reggie Gilbert as the only returning starter on the defensive line).
— Connor Brewer (from Texas, will challenge for starting quarterback)
— Nick Isham (former Louisiana Tech starting quarterback will likely serve as a potential emergency replacement in 2014)
Here is a slideshow of some of the notable transfers, with their former teams, who are on Arizona’s 2014 roster (pictures captured from YouTube videos):
— Cayleb Jones (from Texas, had an impressive spring with big-play ability, likely to start as one receiver)
— Brendan Murphy (originally with Air Force, Murphy will likely be used on special teams mostly and cornerback in spot duty).
— Davonte’ Neal (Notre Dame transfer will be a big play threat for Arizona as a slot receiver and return specialist).
— Randall (challenger for starting quarterback assignment)
EVERYONE IS STARTING TO SEE…talk about an immediate difference, I'm starting to feel bad, naw I'm not #OnToTheNextOne
— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) April 29, 2014
— Jesse Scroggins (former USC quarterback front-runner for starting quarterback job after spending most time with starting unit in spring).
— Freddie Tagaloa (former Cal offensive lineman is slated to sit out 2014 per NCAA transfer rules).
— Jeff Worthy (from Boise State, like Allen, will challenge for an immediate starting role on the defensive line because only one starter returning).
Time will tell if any of these transfers become successful enough to earn a spot in the AllSportsTucson.com’s Top 10 transfer list. I compiled that list before last season.
Nick Foles, who transferred to Arizona after a season of playing quarterback at Michigan State, stands as the No. 1 transfer in the football program’s history, followed by defensive end Cleveland Crosby (Purdue) and defensive tackle Anthony Smith (Alabama). Here is the Top 10:
ARIZONA’S TOP TEN PERFORMERS AFTER TRANSFERRING FROM ELSEWHERE[table “” not found /]