California native JT Daniels, announced on Monday via Twitter that he has been granted immediate eligibility to begin playing with the Georgia Bulldogs in the fall. The signal-caller transferred from the USC Trojans in May. Daniels thanked the NCAA for granting him the waiver, but did not go into details of the waiver or transfer. He stated he is looking forward to a great 2020 season with his teammates.
A 6-3, 210 lb, pro-style QB, Daniels joins the Bulldogs as a redshirt sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining. A knee injury in the Trojans’ 2019 home opener ended his season.
ESPN rated Daniels as the nation’s No. 3 pocket passes and the No. 64 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class. This led to Daniels starting as a true freshman for the Trojans in 2018. The start made Daniels only the second true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for the Trojans (Matt Barkley, 2009). Daniels threw for 2,672 yards on 59.5% passing, with a 14/10 TD/INT ratio over the course of the 2018 season.
During the Trojan’s 2019 home opener, Daniels threw for 215 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, with a 73.5% pass completion before exiting with the knee injury. USC’s current starting quarterback, Kedon Slovis, performed very well after in Daniels’ absence.
How it impacts Georgia
It was likely, that that Daniels would have begun the season as a backup quarterback behind Slovis in Southern California. Slovis’ 2019 performance in the pocket secured his position as the starter in 2020, throwing for over 3500 yards on 71.9% passing and a 30/9 TD/INT. Transferring to Georgia gives Daniels a much improved chance at starting, though not without its own QB battle.
Daniels isn’t the only transfer to Athens. The Bulldogs added Jamie Newman a graduate transfer from Wake Forest, in the offseason. The two transfers will have to also beat out juniors Stetson Bennett and John Seter, among others, for the Bulldogs’ starting role.