It was likely that USC football transfers Jaxson Dart and Michael Trigg would transfer to Ole Miss this offseason, and it became a reality on Saturday.
Both are now reportedly heading to Oxford. The QB-WR duo were interested in transferring together from the start, as evidenced by Trigg entering the transfer portal as soon as his QB did, and the two corresponding on their next move on social media.
The two visited Ole Miss rather quickly, and ex-Trojan Head Coach Lane Kiffin knew he had to bring these two talents in. Dart is listed as that No. 2 transfer portal QB after Caleb Williams, and fits his system perfectly. How better to make up for the loss of the big-play, strong-armed Matt Corral with another explosive-play, strong-armed gunslinger in Dart?
I'm sure Kiffin was mesmerized by Dart dating back to his high school days too, where he was not only Gatorade Player of the Year for his efforts during his Senior season (2020), but also earned himself a top 10 QB ranking nationally as a recruit (all recruiting rankings and ratings in article are as of 247Sports). The four-star recruit was the No. 69 overall player in the country. While Kiffin has another four-star guy from the same class, he's not quite as talented as Dart.
Luke Altmyer was 11 spots below Dart in the QB rankings at 21 and was the No. 193 overall recruit. Not to mention, Dart outperformed Altmyer last season, completing 61.9% of his passes compared to Altmyer's 54.1%. Altmyer only threw 37 passes, but didn't look the greatest--scoring just one total touchdown and two picks.
It's just limited time in his first season, so he's by no means a finished product. It's just that Dart has more experience (189 passes) and looked a little better with 11 total touchdowns and five picks. Dart averaged 7.2 yards per pass attempt compared to Altmyer's 5.2.
It's not just USC football transfer Jaxson Dart that can make an impact at Ole Miss, but Michael Trigg can too.
Jaxson Dart and Michael Trigg already bring chemistry over from the USC football program. Obviously, the two are close and wanted to transfer together. It was confirmed that they had visited at least one school together as well.
A QB transferring schools isn't always the easiest transition when it comes to becoming integrated into the offense. To have a familiar target in Trigg will be a win-win for both parties. And Trigg has a lot of talent--coming in at 6'4," 245 pounds with speed to flex over to receiver as Kiffin sees fit.
I'm not going to claim he's Drake London--you have to earn that. He's a similar type of talent, though, in that he can line up on many different spots on the line of scrimmage as EITHER a tight end or receiver. He has both the size and athleticism to do so.
Playing in just four games this year, he only put up seven catches for 109 yards and one touchdown. It wasn't long ago, however, when he himself was a four-star recruit in that 2021 class, and the No. 4 ranked tight end in the country (No. 130 overall player).
Both guys are huge pickups for the Rebels, and have the chance to make immediate impacts on the team. Kiffin loves big plays, and these two have great potential to be big play machines in the SEC for years to come.