"I just liked everything they had to offer and that's why I decided I wanted to transfer there."
Steven Threet was a four-star prospect and ranked 13th among all quarterbacks in the 2007 recruiting class by Scout.com. Two weeks after arriving at the campus of his first school (Threet was a mid-year transfer), Georgia Tech, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Yellow Jackets both left.
Consequently, Threet decided to leave before the season ever started when he realized that the pro-style offense he expected to be part of was going to be scratched.
The Adrian, Mich. product transferred to his childhood's favorite team, the University of Michigan, where he redshirted that season. Going into the 2008 campaign, Threet had to endure another coaching change when Lloyd Carr retired and Rich Rodriquez took the reins.
Much like Georgia Tech, Rodriquez also implemented an offense that didn't suit the 6-6 230 pocket quarterback's attributes. He struggled in the option offense completing 102 of 210 passes, throwing for 1,105 yards and passing for nine touchdowns and recording seven interceptions.
"My biggest strength is knowing the mental part of the game," said Threet of his skills. "I know a lot or people will say my size and arm strength, but I feel that mentally I know the game very well."
At the end of last season he decided to transfer out of the Wolverines' program, after starting in eight games. Family friends contacted the ASU coaches after Threet was granted his release and that's how the recruiting process began with the Sun Devils.
Two weeks prior to his visit to ASU Threet visited the Devils' Pac-10 foe Oregon State, the only other school he was considering.
Threet plans to come to Tempe in the first part of July to enroll in the second session of summer school, as well as participate in the team's off-season strength and conditioning program. The quarterback indicated that he will sign the ASU transfer paperwork later this week.
Threet fills a dire need at quarterback for ASU, who are now left with three scholarship quarterbacks, after both Jack Elway and Chasen Stangel left the team during spring practice. One of the remaining quarterbacks, Danny Sullivan, is a senior, while Samson Szakacsy and Brock Osweiler are both underclassmen.
"I'm just going to do whatever I can to help the team," Threet said. "After I sit out this year, I'm obviously going to try and compete for a starting job and win it."
Threet will be eligible to play in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.