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ASU transfer Eric Gentry commits to USC Trojans

Apr 29, 2022, 5:35 PM

Arizona State linebacker Eric Gentry (9) tackles Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen (0) during th...

Arizona State linebacker Eric Gentry (9) tackles Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen (0) during the second half of the Las Vegas Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)

(AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)

Former Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Eric Gentry committed to play for the Pac-12 South rival USC Trojans on Friday.

His decision came eight days after he entered the transfer portal. He and receiver Ricky Pearsall — another player expected to help lead his respective position group — entered the portal the same day.

According to SunDevilSource.com’s Chris Karpman, Gentry’s departure had to do with name, image and likeness opportunities.

The 6-foot-6 Gentry tallied 45 tackles as a freshman in 2021 and added two passes defensed, plus a sack.

The tackle total was sixth among ASU defenders. Five were for losses.

For his efforts, he earned freshman All-America accolades. He entered this season as an expected starter.

Per Pro Football Focus, Gentry posted the third-highest grade among Pac-12 linebackers with a 73.3.

Gentry was a three-star prospect, per 247 Sports, who joined the Sun Devils out of Neumann Goretti High School in Philadelphia.

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