Ex-USC football QB JT Daniels reportedly takes visit to surprise Pac-12 opponent

Aug 31, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA;JT Daniels, USC Football
Aug 31, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA;JT Daniels, USC Football / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

While former USC football QB JT Daniels will reportedly not be making his decision on where to transfer until after spring football, he just took a visit to Oregon State according to Pete Thamel of ESPN:

Thamel pointed out in his Twitter thread that Oregon State returning most of their offensive line is a plus for JT. He said that Daniels is attracted to playing for a QB-friendly guy like OSU Head Coach Jonathan Smith. Smith had the program on the right trajectory this past season, but the program doesn't have many players as talented as the former High School Gatorade Player of the Year in Daniels.

Daniels has played very well when given real opportunity in college. After being buried in a terrible offense his true freshman year at SC (but still showing flashes of promise), he was off to the races in the first game of his second year when in a new system. He was 25 of 34 for 215 yards and a TD (just one pick) in only one half without Tee Martin ruining him in the first game of the 2019 season. He got hurt, however, right before halftime, and never saw the field again that year. He transferred after the season, as it was clear SC was ready to just roll with Kedon Slovis for the 2020 year.

JT Daniels played well after transferring from the USC football program.

After leaving USC football, JT Daniels has looked very good. In 2020, he completed 67.2% of his passes for 1,231 yards and 10 touchdowns (just two picks) in four starts with Georgia. He won himself a New Year's Six Bowl as well that year. The next year, before he got injured again, he started three games and completed an insane 76.1% of his passes.

He threw for 567 yards and five touchdowns (just two interceptions) in those three games. He played in a couple others (and played well), but the team decided to roll with Stetson Bennett as the starting QB. Many college football analysts considered JT the best quarterback on the roster, however. The team obviously won the National Championship that year, so that's great to have on his resume.

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Daniels was the No. 2 Pro-Style QB coming out of the 2018 recruiting class, and the No. 16 overall player (247Sports). If Oregon State could land him, it would be a great pickup for an offense that could use a QB with elite potential.