JT Daniels to WVU, Another Five-Star Leaving Athens
2020 five-star quarterback JT Daniels is transferring to West Virginia, according to ESPN's Pete Thamel. He was 7-0 as a starter with the Bulldogs and, due to injury, had his time split with walk-on Stetson Bennett IV.
Daniels entered the transfer portal following Bennett's decision to return to the 2021 national champion Bulldogs. He started three games in the championship season for UGA, including opening the season as a starter against Clemson.
In his two seasons with UGA, Daniels accounted for 1,953 passing yards and 17 touchdowns with five interceptions. He'll be able to play immediately as a grad transfer and has two seasons of NCAA eligibility left.
Coming out of Mater Dei, Daniels was listed as the No. 2 player in the state of California and he committed to USC in July of 2017. He also held notable offers from Alabama, LSU, Michigan and Notre Dame before deciding to play college football near his home in Irvine, CA.
He enrolled early and won the starting job with the Trojans as a freshman. He appeared in 12 games total between his first two seasons of eligibility.
Georgia and the Pesky Transfer Portal
Since winning the national title in January, UGA has now seen the departure of six offensive players including three wide receivers. A notable loss in Athens was rotational receiver Jermaine Burton who left for Alabama less than two weeks after helping Georgia secure its first title in over 40 years.
This is Georgia's sixth five-star prospect, the third quarterback, confirmed to leave Athens under the direction of Kirby Smart. Jacob Eason had 13 starts before transferring to Washington in 2019 and future NFL draft first-rounder Justin Fields didn't get a single start in Athens before leaving for Ohio State in 2018.
The transfer portal woes aren't over for the national champion in 2022 even after Daniels' departure. Smart has the chance to lose a seventh five-star recruit with interior offensive lineman Clay Webb still sitting in the portal as well.