Arizona State loses another key wideout to the transfer portal
Arizona State has lost another receiver to the transfer portal.
On Thursday, LV Bunkley-Shelton announced that he has entered his name into the transfer portal. The team’s third-leading receiver a season ago, Bunkley-Shelton is the fifth ASU wideout to depart the program since the season ended, joining Ricky Pearsall, Johnny Wilson, Geordon Portor, and Lonyatta Alexander Jr.
“I do not regret any of my decisions and I hold a great respect for everyone who’s a part of the Sun Devil family,” he wrote in a message on social media. “However, after talking it over with my family, I’d like to enter my name in the transfer portal in hopes to find a place to finish my college career.”
— LV Bunkley-Shelton♕ (@_lvbunkley) April 28, 2022
In total, the Sun Devils currently roster only five scholarship receivers, including one—senior Giovanni Sanders—who is a former walk-on. Between Bryan Thompson, Andre Johnson, Elijah Badger, Chad Johnson, and Sanders, there are 32 receptions from last year’s team returning. Sanders and Johnson didn’t catch a pass. Thompson is now the leading returning receiver after totaling 13 catches for 130 yards last season.
Bunkley-Shelton had 33 receptions alone for 418 yards and two touchdowns last season. A third-year sophomore, he’ll have four years to play three at his next school.
The 5-foot-11 Bunkley-Shelton was a former 4-star prospect from the 2020 class and the 158th overall recruit, per the 247 Composite. He had 11 catches for 100 yards in four games during the COVID-shortened 2020 season.
Arizona State is also currently looking to replace three-year starting quarterback Jayden Daniels, who transferred to LSU earlier this offseason. Alabama transfer Paul Tyson and Trenton Bourguet competed for the job during spring ball. ASU could look to the transfer portal, but for players to be eligible to play during the 2022 season, they must have their name submitted to the portal by May 1.