JT Daniels transferred to West Virginia: Ex-Georgia, USC quarterback picks Mountaineers as next destination

Former Georgia and USC quarterback JT Daniels announced Wednesday that he is committing to West Virginia against Missouri and Oregon State. The former five-star prospect was a junior for Georgia last season and will have at least one season left to play for the Mountaineers.

“Going up and down the roster, I feel like they have some really, really good stuff all over the place,” Daniels told ESPN. “That seems like a good fit for quarterback. I feel like there’s a really, really, really good team that I’m going to come into and do my bit to contribute.”

Daniels’ career started with promise as a true freshman at USC in 2018 before a knee injury derailed his sophomore season and led to the emergence of Kedon Slovis as a quarterback. of the Trojans. Following the 2019 season, Daniels transferred to Georgia and received immediate eligibility. Although he was still rehabilitating his knee at the start of his time in Georgia, he became the Bulldogs’ starter at the end of the 2020 season. who ended up leading UGA to the national title last season despite starting the year buried on the depth chart.

Although Daniels has struggled with injuries and been beaten in two places, his career numbers are strong. Daniels completed 63.8% of those passes and threw for 32 touchdowns with just 16 interceptions. He believes he will become the favorite for the starting job at WVU as the Mountaineers come off a 6-7 season and look to gain ground in Coach Neal Brown’s fourth season as head coach. The Mountaineers ranked ninth out of 10 Big 12 teams last season with just 5.4 yards per game.

With the addition of Daniels, the upcoming Backyard Brawl between West Virginia and Pitt on Sept. 1 will have a distinct USC flavor as former Trojans QB Kedon Slovis will be sidelined for the Panthers as a trade.

West Virginia needed a QB

After winning the job at the end of the 2019 season, Jarret Doege has spent the past two seasons as West Virginia’s starting quarterback. But three days after WVU’s 18-6 loss to Minnesota in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl in December, Doege announced his intention to transfer. The move opened up a spot on the depth chart and gave both WVU and Doege a fresh start. Doege ended up in western Kentucky, as the Mountaineers began looking for a replacement.

Former three-star prospect Garrett Greene backed Doege last season and remains on the roster to compete with Daniels. True four-star rookie Nicco Marchiol and three-star redshirt rookie Will Crowder are also in the QB room, but these three players have attempted a total of 32 career passes and will likely face a steep climb to beat the Daniels. seasoned.

Daniels gets another chance

As the No. 6 player overall in the 2018 recruiting class, according to 247Sports, many thought Daniels would already be in the NFL. Instead, he’s entering his fifth season of college football and hasn’t played more than five games in a single campaign since 2018.

He should be motivated to show he still has plenty in the tank and face fewer hurdles than he did at USC and Georgia. With the Trojans, a knee injury and Slovis’ stellar play set him back. At Georgia, the lingering effects of the knee injury in 2020 delayed his rise to the starting role. Then an issue with his midsection in 2021 led to Bennett keeping his job for good.

Daniels’ career didn’t go according to script by far. As he reunites with former USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, who is in his first season as WVU offensive coordinator, there are plenty of reasons to believe his final chapter of college football may to be good.

During his seven starts at Georgia, Daniels completed 134 of 190 passes for 1,798 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. If he can translate that efficiency to West Virginia over the course of a full season, he’ll find himself on the radar of NFL scouts.