Talk about a little bit of a shocker. Former USC quarterback JT Daniels has transferred to the University of Georgia. This was surprising considering that Jamie Newman via Wake Forest has already transferred and will take the reigns as the presumed starter in 2020. Now Daniels joins the mix.
Daniels went to social media to break the story about where he was heading:
I didn’t see this one coming. As I said, Newman will be the starter in 2020. If I had to guess, maybe Daniels is the man for 2021. He is still young. Daniels has 3 years of eligibility left. He missed all of 2019 except for one game due to a knee injury. His plan must obviously be to learn the system in 2020, then start in 2021, then NFL after.
Daniels was a former 5-star recruit but he wasn’t very good in 2018 as a true Freshman. At USC, Daniels threw for 2,887 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while completing 60.7% in 12 total starts. In the Pac 12, that’s not ideal even for a Freshman. That’s not to say Daniels can’t improve but he has a ways to go. The SEC is going to bring a lot more heat to the table so let’s hope he takes a step forward.
More interesting, where does that leave the rest of the group? Stetson Bennett, D’Wan Mathis, and Carson Beck are also on the roster. More importantly, Brock Vandagriff (5-star recruit in 2021) has already committed to Georgia. Maybe he doesn’t see the field until 2022 now? OR maybe he beats Daniels out for the job. That is the real drama to this story.