The SEC East just got a little bit more talented at the quarterback position. The Georgia Bulldogs have landed tranferring quarterback JT Daniels from USC, giving Kirby Smart a future piece at the position.
Daniels announced the move on Twitter this afternoon.
THANK YOU USC ✌— JT Daniels (@jtdaniels06) May 28, 2020
Excited for the future #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/ewfhBG3ved
Daniels entered his name in the transfer portal earlier in the offseason after the emergence of Kedon Slovis. He gave up the job after suffering an injury to start his sophomore season. Daniels should have three years of eligibility remaining.
Tennessee was a rumored destination for Daniels after entering the portal. Knoxville made sense for a number of reasons, but his arrival could have jeopardized their standing with five-star freshman quarterback Harrison Bailey. The Volunteers also have four-star quarterback Kaidon Salter committed to their class of 2021.
For Georgia, they’ll add a former five-star, top five overall prospect to their quarterback room. It’s the second time they’ve dipped into the quarterback transfer pool this year, also adding Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman. Both moves came after Jake Fromm entered the NFL Draft early.
Daniels will need a waiver to become immediately eligible to play this season. Newman has one season of eligibility left and was expected to be the starter. Things could get interesting there if Daniels does obtain immediate eligibility. Georgia also holds a current 2021 commitment from highly-ranked passer Brock Vandagriff, so that’s also a situation to monitor.
In 12 starts at USC, Daniels threw for 2,887 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.