USC quarterback JT Daniels, who tore his ACL in the opening game of last season, has entered the transfer portal. Trojans head coach Clay Helton issued the following statement.
Daniels was the star of USC’s 2018 recruiting class, and started 11 of 12 games as a true freshman in Los Angeles. He finished that season with just 2,672 yards and 14 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, but the future still seemed promising for the top guy from California’s legendary Mater Dei high school.
But it wasn’t meant to be as Daniels took a hit and blew out his ACL in the first game of 2019 against Fresno State. True freshman Kedon Slovis came in and guided the Trojans to the win in relief, and a legend was born. USC finished last season 8-5 despite a loss in the Holiday Bowl to Iowa, but Slovis likely saved head coach Clay Helton’s job with his inspired play.
It was assumed that Daniels would have the chance to win his job back in spring practice, but now that spring practice is gone via Covid-19, Daniels is on his way out of Heritage Hall. A pretty stunning turn of events.
We’ll have more on where Daniels ends up later, if his mind isn’t made up already, but he’s got three years of eligibility to compete at whatever school he chooses. And the line of suitors will be as long as he’d like it to be.