JT Daniels transfers to Georgia

The Georgia Bulldogs took on their second offseason transfer at the quarterback position as former USC QB JT Daniels announced his decision to head to Athens on Twitter.

Daniels spent two seasons at USC after entering the mix as a highly-touted 5-star recruit from Mater Dei High School. He was the sixth-rated player for his class overall and the second-ranked pro-style quarterback behind Trevor Lawrence for the class of 2021.

Unfortunately for Trojan fans and Daniels alike, he never really lived up to that billing with USC and their new Air Raid offense under Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator. Kedon Slovis is a much better fit for their offense and after his first attempt in for an injured Daniels in 2019, that was basically it for Daniels at USC.

Daniels ends his Trojan career with 15 career touchdowns and 11 interceptions, quite a stark comparison to Slovis' 30:9 TD:INT ratio he put up in 12 games a season ago. The Trojans are better off with Slovis in the long haul anyways so his decision to transfer didn't shock many, nor should it have.

The decision to head to Georgia, on the other hand, may not be as clear cut as it seems. He likely won't be eligible to play in 2020 and that also likely wouldn't matter as Jamie Newman is by far the superior quarterback at this stage of their careers.

Newman hits every target with ease, at all levels of the field and adds a dynamic dual-threat to his game. He's a terrific deep passer and should be unlike that which Georgia fans have seen at the quarterback position with Jake Fromm over the past three seasons.

Even if Daniels was eligible to play immediately for Georgia in 2020, he likely wouldn't even start as the former Wake Forest signal-caller has more than just one leg up. So, on to 2021 it is, with a cast of other players in the backfield at quarterback. There's the top high school athlete in Georgia high school history Stetson Bennett, former 4-star and Elite 11 participant D'Wan Mathis, Nathan Priestley and John Seter.

It seems likely that Bennett will be the answer in the 2021 season prior to Daniels' transfer but it will be altogether interesting to see who, if any of them, decide to transfer out now that Daniels is in the fold. Regardless, Daniels will likely have to fight for his role on the team in 2021 once Newman heads to the NFL, but it's hard to argue that he won't have a clear path to win that role.

Daniels' decision makes for one interesting quarterback situation for Georgia over the next few years after they were the center of transfer attention but in a reverse course the past two seasons after Justin Fields and Jacob Eason transferred away from Georgia. Now up two quarterbacks, Kirby Smart indeed is doing what he can to get the Bulldogs over that proverbial hump in SEC / CFP play.

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