Georgia already made waves earlier this offseason when Wake Forest transfer quarterback Jamie Newman chose to play his final season with the Bulldogs. Now there's another high-profile signal-caller on his way to Athens. Former USC quarterback JT Daniels announced on Thursday that he will join the Bulldogs after two seasons with the Trojans.
Daniels' career started out with a bang in Los Angeles. He got the opening game start as a true freshman vs. UNLV and threw for 282 yards and one touchdown. That kickstarted a solid freshman campaign in which he threw for 2,672 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
He was set to be one of the stars of the Pac-12 heading into the 2019 season, but his career trajectory quickly turned south in the season opener. He suffered a season-ending knee injury vs. Fresno State, which allowed then-freshman Kedon Slovis to take the job and run with it. Slovis threw for 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns to secure the top spot on the depth chart moving forward.
Daniels was one of the most heralded quarterback prospects in the Class of 2018. He was ranked No. 16 overall and was the second-ranked pro-style passer in his recruiting class. The only quarterbacks ranked higher than Daniels were Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields.
Daniels' move to Athens has raised some eyebrows around the college football world. Newman, who threw for 2,868 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, was presumed to be the unquestioned starter for the Bulldogs. He was so highly regarded that William Hill Sportsbook installed him as a 10-1 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy behind only Fields (7/2) and Lawrence (4-1) when odds were released on April 2.
Daniels, a redshirt sophomore, would have to receive an immediate-eligibility waiver from the NCAA in order to compete with Newman. He has at least two years of eligibility remaining. It's unclear whether he will pursue a waiver at this time. Several undergraduates have received such waivers including Fields, who started his career off at Georgia in 2018 before transferring to Columbus.