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ASU players in, out, Arizona

The transfer portal has never been more active, and while many of Arizona State's top football transfers have Tempe in the rear view, defensive end J'Mond Tapp is on his way to making his mark.

ESPN's Billy Tucker ranked the top 55 transfers in the spring portal, narrowing it down from more than 2,000 players entering this offseason.

The 55-man roster includes three outgoing Sun Devils, one on the way out and two departing Arizona Wildcats.

Quarterback Jaden Rashada (No. 16) is ESPN's top quarterback transfer. He opted out of ASU after Michigan State transfer Sam Leavitt appeared to take over the starting job in spring practice.

Although he excelled in his true freshman season, he's unlikely to see much of the field in Athens after transferring to Georgia, which has Heisman favorite Carson Beck.

His arrival could push Beck and create healthy competition with backup running back and former 2022 ESPN 300 QB Gunner Stockton. More importantly for the immediate future, Rashada improves the depth among scholarship players in that position room. Barring injury, I won't come in and play much.

Rashada's favorite target as a freshman, Elijhah Badger (No. 20), isn't far behind. He entered the portal after leading ASU in receiving the past two years, boasting 1,579 yards and 10 touchdowns on 135 catches.

He posted these numbers with inconsistent play at QB and a coaching change. … He's a smart route runner and works well to get open. … Badger has just one year of eligibility left, but will be in demand as he's a seasoned veteran who can step right into the No. 1 receiver spot. 1 or 2 for a Power 5 team in need.

Badger is reportedly considering Washington, Florida and Arizona, among others.

Cornerback Ed Woods (No. 33) shocked Arizona State coaches and players when he entered the portal, and the 6-foot-1 defensive back is headed to Michigan State.

The Spartans' field is depleted and it's coming off a year where they gave up the second-best yards in the Big Ten. Woods should be a Day 1 starter for new defensive coordinator Joe Rossi.

Defensive end J'Mond Tapp (No. 41) transfers from Texas to fill a big need for the Sun Devils along the defensive line. He will help an ASU defense that was in the bottom half of the Pac-12 in sacks and passing yards allowed in 2023.

Tapp can play a true edge for ASU or slide inside into pressure packages and fill in for some of the much-needed interior pressure that Colorado transfer BJ Green II provided last season in Tempe.

Were any Arizona Wildcats listed on ESPN's transfer rankings?

Defensive lineman Bill Norton (No. 49) is moving to Texas to replace Byron Murphy and T'Vondre Sweat, who were both top-40 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Norton is a massive space eater who can overwhelm blockers and leave Texas' rushing linebackers scrambling. The veteran running back is a great scheme in Austin.

Jordan Washington (No. 55) leaves Arizona after spending only his first season there. The 5-foot-10 running back was Arizona's lone addition to the 2024 class ranked in ESPN's top 300.

What made Washington one of the top prospects in the 2024 class and will continue to draw attention to him now as a transfer is his big-play ability and versatility. … Last spring in track he recorded a 10.24 100m and more importantly that speed translates into his game as he has been recorded hitting over 21 mph on film.

Washington announced a commitment Sunday to Washington after former Arizona coach Jedd Fisch.

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