The Tennessee Vols are a “team to watch” for USC Trojans quarterback JT Daniels according to 247Sports national writer Charles Power.
Daniels entered the transfer portal on Thursday. Power cited “sources” and Daniels’ previous relationship with Vols wide receivers coach Tee Martin (the former offensive coordinator at USC) as the reason Tennessee could be a team to watch for the former starting quarterback.
Tennessee is among the teams to watch w/ transfer QB JT Daniels. The former 5star has a relationship w/ Vols’ Tee Martin from his time at USC. Should have a ton of interest, but one of a few to watch per sources https://t.co/rNcd0JeyjK
— Charles Power (@CharlesPower) April 16, 2020
Daniels was injured in USC’s season opener last season, after throwing for over 2,600 yards as a freshman in 2018.
After Daniels’ injury, freshman Kedon Slovis took hold of the starting job and never looked back.
Trojans head coach Clay Helton commented Thursday on Daniels’ decision, saying “It is his desire to explore all of his options going into the 2020 season. We will continue to support JT in every way possible and help him through his decision, including the option of staying on with our football team”.
I’m not sure Tennessee would make sense for Daniels — especially if he’s transferring because he’s not starting.
The Vols’ quarterback room is already extremely crowded. And it seems inevitable that Tennessee might lose a quarterback to the transfer portal at any time (likely JT Shrout or Brian Maurer).
Tennessee’s starting quarterback job next season will likely be a two-way battle between redshirt senior Jarrett Guarantano and true freshman Harrison Bailey. It wouldn’t really make sense for Daniels to get involved in that situation, when he’ll likely have plenty of other options.
It also seems unlikely that UT will heavily pursue Daniels, unless they suffer multiple transfers.
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