ATHENS — USC quarterback JT Daniels announced on his Twitter account on Thursday he has committed to play football at Georgia.
— JT Daniels (@jtdaniels06) May 28, 2020
Daniels, a redshirt sophomore, has been in the transfer portal since April 16 and will need to be granted a waiver if he is to have immediate eligibility with the Bulldogs.
Georgia football enters the 2020 season with a championship caliber defense but plenty of questions on offense with the departure of three-year starter Jake Fromm, 1,000-yard rusher D’Andre Swift and three starting offensive linemen.
Coach Kirby Smart hired former Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coordinator Todd Monken to direct the offense alongside former Ole Miss head coach and offensive coordinator Matt Luke.
Daniels entered last season as the Trojans starting quarterback before suffering a torn ACL in the opening game against Fresno State.
Daniels had opened the contest 25-of-34 passing for 215 yards with a TD and an interception before suffering the injury.
In a manner similar to how Fromm replaced Jacob Eason in 2017, freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis replaced Daniels and ran away with the starting job.
Slovis earned FWAA Freshman All-American honors, leading USC to an 8-5 record with Daniels sidelined by the injury.
Many felt Daniels might return to USC after the NCAA shelved the one-time transfer proposal last week.
Instead, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder out of Mater Dei High School has indicated he plans to come play in the SEC and compete for championships at UGA.
Smart indicated on Thursday he’s still not settled on the Georgia offense, even with Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman in the program since January.
“We don’t even know the threshold of the capacity of some of our players,” Smart said on Thursday, asked how much UGA will need to restrict its offense scheme on account of an offseason that has been disrupted by COVID-19.
“We didn’t get to go through spring ball with necessarily some of the positions, especially on offense, to see what they can handle.”
The Bulldogs figure to find out sooner than later.
Georgia also has redshirt freshman D’Wan Mathis, freshman Carson Beck and redshirt junior Stetson Bennett in the quarterbacks room.
Players will be returning to campus next week to prepare for the start of voluntary workouts on June 8. Football activity is expected to start in mid-July, though there has been no official announcement.
Daniels was 216-of-363 passing for 2,672 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a freshman in 2018.
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