Former USC quarterback JT Daniels transferring to Georgia is an intriguing fit

JT Daniels, USC Trojans. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
JT Daniels, USC Trojans. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

JT Daniels transferring to Georgia is definitely interesting.

JT Daniels could be pulling a reverse Jacob Eason.

Daniels, a former five-star quarterback recruit who started as a freshman at USC before losing his job to a freshman after injury sounds a lot like what happened to Eason when Jake Fromm took over for him. That led Eason to leave Georgia and transfer to Washington before leaving for the NFL Draft where he was picked before Fromm.

Daniels made the announcement public on Thursday afternoon when he tweeted his excitement for the future. He is recovering from a torn ACL and meniscus suffered in USC’s season-opener vs. Fresno State but will await a waiver to determine whether he’ll be eligible to compete for the starting job with Jamie Newman this summer and fall

He threw for 2,672 yards while completing 59.5 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns to 10 interceptions in 11 games as a freshman in 2018.

Daniels ranked behind only Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields in his recruiting class so he has a lot of potential and brings a year’s worth of starting experience at a major university.

JT Daniels transferring to Georgia gives Dawgs a loaded quarterback room.

Newman transferred to Georgia earlier in the offseason and is already on the shortlist for the Heisman. Daniels may not feel very optimistic about his chances of getting a waiver that’ll let him be eligible this year, so he could be viewing this year as a redshirt before competing for the starting job in 2021.

But that presents an interesting dynamic because Georgia has a commitment from five-star and No. 2 dual-threat quarterback and Bogart, Georgia native Brock Vandagriff, the nation’s No. 12 overall recruit according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Could the presence of Daniels leave Vandagriff to second-guess his commitment? He’s already decommitted from Oklahoma, could Georgia be next with Daniels ready to take over in 2021 and 2022?

The amount of talent in the Georgia football quarterback room has been increasing since Kirby Smart arrived in Athens. Now, it’s fair to question what he’s been able to do with all the talent he’s had. The conservative passing game has been what’s held the Dawgs back from winning in the College Football Playoff.

As great as the defense has been and as great as the running game has been, without a quarterback like Lawrence or Fields or former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa or former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Georgia is always going to come up short against elite signal-callers.

Perhaps this is a change in that trend and Georgia football will not only attract top quarterback talent but develop it so they reach their full potential as well.

Daniels transferring to Georgia is a boon for Georgia, a blow to Tennessee who had hopes of landing him, or at least not seeing him go to the best team in their division.

The addition of Newman and now Daniels on top of the future addition of Vandagriff gives Georgia football momentum needed for Smart to potentially lead Georgia to a national title in the near future.

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