USC QB JT Daniels Enters Name in Transfer Portal After 2 Seasons with Trojans

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2020

Southern California quarterback JT Daniels in an NCAA football game against Fresno State Saturday, Sept. 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
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USC quarterback JT Daniels has entered the transfer portal, per an official statement from Trojans head coach Clay Helton:

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USC QB JT Daniels has put his name in the transfer portal. Here is @USCCoachHelton’s statement: https://t.co/yCl2hnK6Kj

According to Ryan Kartje of the Los Angeles Times, Daniels is looking to become immediately eligible as part of a one-time transfer exception from the NCAA. He could still return to USC if he is forced to sit out a year.

Daniels earned the starting job as a freshman in 2018, but his 2019 campaign was cut short after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the first game.

He totaled 2,887 passing yards and 15 touchdowns with 11 interceptions in 12 total games with the Trojans. 

Kedon Slovis took over as USC's starting quarterback after Daniels' injury this season and thrived with 30 touchdowns and 3,502 passing yards in 12 games as a freshman.

There was early speculation in December that Daniels could transfer with a starting job no longer secure, but his father, Steve Daniels, said that wasn't going to happen.

"JT is definitely staying," he told Greg Biggins of 247Sports. "... He's a very competitive kid and has never run from a challenge before. Kedon played really well and JT was happy for him but at the same time, JT is a competitor and once he's back to 100%, he wants to compete for that job."

However, it now appears the young quarterback wants to examine his opportunities outside of USC.

Daniels was a highly regarded recruit entering college as the No. 16 overall player in the 2018 class and the No. 2 pro-style quarterback behind only Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, per 247Sports

His availability could generate a lot of interest across college football.