If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know my stance on JT Daniels, the now-former USC Trojans QB. From the first pass attempt by Kedon Slovis, I thought the Trojans were better off for the future. The Graham Harrell Air Raid attack is literally quite perfectly-crafted for the skill set that Slovis brings to the table.
Daniels, however, did not seem to be tailor made for such a scheme. He’s more inclined to fit in with, well, a system at Georgia, where he’s officially headed after announcing he’s transferring to Athens, Georgia this offseason.
Daniels is headed to the Bulldogs as the second transfer quarterback head coach Kirby Smart and Co. have added this offseason. They added Jamie Newman from Wake Forest earlier this year and Newman has the leg up on the competition as he’s been around for a few months longer and he’ll be eligible to play this fall. It’s still unknown whether or not Daniels will be eligible or not in 2020.
Still, even if he was, Newman is the best short-term answer for what the Bulldogs do best offensively in 2020, which also makes this decision from Daniels seem like it’s a look to the future as opposed to the right now.
He’ll play for Georgia, but it likely won’t be until 2021 at this rate, even if he was declared eligible. Daniels is a high school standout player at his highest so far to date and this change of scenery could do wonders for his development as a quarterback at this level.
After seeing two quarterbacks transfer out over the past two seasons in Justin Fields and Jacob Eason, the Bulldogs are now on the reverse end of spectrum, adding two new players at the position that had been relatively secure with Jake Fromm for the past three seasons.
Good luck in the future, JT, thanks for your services to the Trojans.