Freshman wide receiver Lonyatta Alexander, one of Sam Huard’s main targets for passing high school, left Arizona state and entered the transfer portal, leading to almost automatic speculation according to which he could return home and play alongside his former 5-star quarterback in Washington.
Alexander, 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, who caught 67 and 71 predominantly Loonie assists at Kennedy Catholic High in two non-COVID seasons, appeared in just two games for the Sun Devils last fall, preserving his status red shirt.
The Huskies clearly need more receivers after new 4-star signing Germie Bernard bailed out his LOI and ended up in Michigan State, and veterans Terrell Bynum and Sawyer Racanelli respectively moved to the USC and Montana.
Coming from the Seattle-area school, Alexander was a 4-star rookie who received nearly 20 offers, including eight from Pac-12 schools, before settling in the state of Arizona.
He headed south into the desert for college while Catholic receiver Kennedy Jabez Tinae and Huard signed with the hometown Huskies.
Tinae has also appeared in just two freshman games, while Huard has appeared in four, starting the Apple Cup against Washington State.
Ironically, when the Sun Devils and Huskies met in mid-November in Seattle, Huard and Tinea appeared in that game, while Alexander did not. ASU won the outing, 35-30.
As a junior in 2019, Alexander had an incredible statistical season for Kennedy Catholic, capturing 67 passes for 1,328 yards and 24 smashing touchdowns in just 12 games.
Alexander became the third wide receiver to leave the Arizona State receiving corps since the end of the season, joining Johnny Wilson and Geordon Porter in the transfer portal. Alexander is also the 13th Arizona state player to access the portal since June.
With the return of starting quarterback Jayden Daniels for another season, Arizona State had hoped to see more use of its group of young pass catchers.
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