Back on December 4th, JT Daniels made it clear that he was staying at USC. A QB battle was going to emerge at fall camp between him and Kedon Slovis. Well, at least it was supposed to:
This move makes sense. Kedon Slovis is the clear QB of the future at USC. Even though his time at USC "didn't work out," JT Daniels is one of the best QBs to hit the transfer portal in recent years. He's not at Justin Fields level, but he will be sought after more than Joe Burrow was (yes, I know Burrow turned into who he turned into, but at the time of his transfer, teams didn't even take a look at him, e.g. Nebraska). I'm sure his phone has been ringing off the hook since yesterday.
The former 5-star QB has started 12 games:
His numbers aren't phenomenal, but he was an 18-year-old in 2018. After Texas in 2018 (his 3rd game), he turned into a pretty damn good player.
He was injured in USC's first game of the year and didn't return. Kedon Slovis has emerged as one of the best QBs in the country, so JT transferring isn't due to poor play, but just being beaten out by a top guy (think Joe Burrow being beaten out by Dwayne Haskins).
His transfer may be a good sign that discussion within the known of the NCAA is that the 1-time transfer rule will be passed sooner rather than later.
Who will be competing for him? Here are teams I can think of:
Technically, if the 1-time transfer rule does pass, JT can be eligible to play this year. That would be a game-changer for a team like LSU.