According to multiple reports, USC Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis is entering the transfer portal ahead of the 2022 college football campaign. The news arrives just days after Bo Nix entered the portal, Quinn Ewers swapped Ohio State for Texas, and 24 hours after former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler announced he was transferring to South Carolina.
It’s been one of the craziest transfer periods in the history of college football, and Slovis just added to the intrigue. A three-year starter for the Trojans, Slovis burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2019, completing 71.9% of his passes for 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns while leading the Trojans to an 8-5 record.
Slovis’ next destination will dominate the headlines in the days to come. We've identified three fits that make sense as he begins his search for greener pastures.
A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Slovis initially rose to prominence within the state at Desert Mountain High School. Slovis ultimately decided to remain somewhat close to home when he committed to USC, but a return to the comforts of his home state could be what the former 3-star recruit is searching for in hopes of boosting his stock ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Arizona State's current starting quarterback Jayden Daniels has announced his intent to return to the program in 2022. It’s worth noting, but should hardly impact Slovis’ decision, as he’s a much more advanced prospect and overall thrower of the football than Daniels is.
The Sun Devils showed interest in Slovis back in high school, and now get a second chance at landing him. Head coach Herm Edwards is a coaching veteran of 30-plus years and could provide Slovis with the guidance and NFL-level coaching he would welcome.
Should Slovis want to remain at a powerhouse school, and the expectation is that he will, he could do a lot worse than Notre Dame. New head coach Marcus Freeman is highly regarded as a top-tier recruiter and excellent leader of men. Current starting quarterback Jack Coan is leaving the program and Freeman could turn his attention to the transfer portal in search of a new starting quarterback. Offensive coordinator Thomas Rees remained at Notre Dame despite the departure of head coach Brian Kelly and runs a QB-friendly system that Slovis could potentially thrive in.
Freeman will be hunting to earn a playoff berth in 2022, something the Fighting Irish missed out on in 2021. Achieving his first-year lofty goals will require an upgrade at the quarterback position, something Slovis could provide with relative ease. There should be a hefty bit of mutual interest between these two parties.
Would Slovis consider staying in-conference while welcoming an opportunity to compete against his former school? He should absolutely consider doing so. Freshman quarterback Ty Thompson is the hands-on favorite to earn the Ducks' starting job in 2022, but he's a young signal-caller that has a lot to prove. New head coach Dan Lanning is a defensive-minded coach and may be searching for more experience at the quarterback position.
Lanning is yet to hire the program's next offensive coordinator, and that decision could play a role in how seriously Slovis considers moving to Eugene. The 2021 iteration of the Oregon Ducks truly felt like they were a quarterback away from competing for a spot in the ever-competitive four-team playoff. Lanning's Ducks are loaded with defensive talent and should perform as one of the top defenses in the nation next season. The quarterback is the missing piece of the puzzle, and Slovis would immediately upgrade their chances of achieving something special in 2022.