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JT Daniels announced he was transferring to Georgia.

Social media split on reaction to Georgia football landing JT Daniels

Connor Riley

Georgia football did what it has traditionally done, and it brought in more talent in the form of transfer quarterback JT Daniels. The former USC quarterback announced that he would be transferring to Georgia via Twitter on Thursday.

The news caught the attention of just about everyone in the college football landscape, given Daniels’ status as a former 5-star prospect. There’s also the fact that Georgia has already brought in Jamie Newman from Wake Forest as a graduate transfer earlier this offseason.

The national media seemed to be split over the addition, due to what it means with regards to Newman and the future of the Georgia football program.

It is not yet known whether Daniels will be immediately eligible for the 2020 season. If he is, he will have three years to play three seasons. Daniels did use his redshirt last season, so in the event he is not deemed eligible he would have to seasons of eligibility left.

Newman did not get a chance to go through spring practices with the Bulldogs, due to COVID-19. Georgia is bringing players back for voluntary workouts starting on June 8.

“They’re all coming back on their own, you know what I mean,  so it’s not like they’re going to be brought back in stages,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a press conference with reports on Saturday. “We haven’t identified an exact number of players that will come back because, again, that’s voluntary. But

As a freshman, Daniels threw 14 touchdowns to 10 interceptions while passing for 2.672 yards. The USC program as a whole struggled that season. Daniels did miss all but one game during the 2019 season as he suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in USC’s season-opening win over Fresno State.

Related: What they’re saying about JT Daniels

Daniels was one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the 2018 recruiting cycle, ranking only behind Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields in the 247Sports Composite rankings. What makes his high ranking even more impressive is that he reclassified so that he could graduate early from high school and enroll at USC in June of 2018.

If Daniels is granted immediate eligibility, as high-profile transfer quarterbacks Fields and Tate Martell were a season-ago, he will likely compete with Newman for the starting job in 2020. Newman has just one season of eligibility remaining, while Daniels has multiple. The Bulldogs also have quarterback Carson Beck, D’Wan Mathis and Stetson Bennett on the roster, as well as a commitment from 5-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff in the 2021 recruiting cycle.

Daniels actually had the same recruiting ranking as Vandagriff did as a recruit, of .9919. The only other quarterback to have that rating from the 247Sports Composite rankings is Tim Tebow.

Demetris Robertson, a fellow PAC-12 transfer, was one of the Georgia players and fans who welcomed Daniels. Smart also gave a GO Dawgs to celebrate the announcement.

Daniels is the first player to transfer from USC to Georgia since Jarvis Jones did so in 2010. He sat out his first year in Athens before becoming one of the best linebackers in program history and a first-round pick.

Georgia opens the 2021 season against Clemson, while it starts the 2020 campaign against Virginia.

The DawgNation team spoke about Daniels in a Cover 4 live and what he will be bringing to Georgia both in the short and long-term.

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