In a rather surprising move, former USC quarterback JT Daniels announced on Thursday that he will be transferring to Georgia. The former 5-star was rated as the third best quarterback in the 2018 recruiting class. Ranked only behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and former Georgia and now-Ohio State QB Justin Fields.
Daniels became the second true freshman in USC history to be named the starting QB in a season opener in 2018. He finished his freshman season with 2,672 passing yards, 14 TDs and 11 INTs. However, his sophomore campaign was cut short when he suffered a season ending ACL tear in the season opener against Fresno State last season.
College football fans were shocked to hear that the former Trojan was heading to Athens. This is surprising, due to the fact that Georgia already has another transfer QB on campus in former Wake Forest signal-caller Jaime Newman.
With Daniels arriving to UGA, this should make the QB situation interesting for the Bulldogs. Newman announced back in January that he was heading to Georgia for his final year eligibility as a grad transfer. The talented QB was considered by many to be the best one in the transfer portal.
Newman, who played for the Demon Deacons for the last three seasons, finished the 2019 campaign with 2,868 yards, 26 TDs, and 11 INTs. Experts have Newman as high as a first round pick for the 2021 NFL Draft.
This is why it is such a surprising move for Daniels to be heading down south to Georgia. With a former 5-star QB and a potential first round QB both heading to Athens, this should make preseason camp an interesting one for Kirby Smart and the Dawgs.