The Tennessee Vols are one of the programs that’s been connected to USC quarterback JT Daniels over the last several weeks.

Daniels, a former five-star recruit who signed with the Trojans in 2018, entered the transfer portal in April. But he didn’t rule out returning to USC.

The California native lost his starting job (thanks to an injury) to Kedon Slovis last season.

Michigan and Tennessee, specifically, seemed like ideal landing spots for Daniels.

But after the one-time transfer rule was tabled by the NCAA this week, I think it’s more likely that Daniels returns to USC.

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That’s because for Daniels to play immediately right now he’d have to apply for a waiver from the NCAA. And we’ve seen how long that process can take when things are “normal”. There’s no telling how that process would play out during a pandemic.

Daniels wouldn’t be guaranteed immediate eligibility if he decided to transfer. Would it be worth the gamble to him?

Probably not.

Staying at USC to battle Slovis seems more beneficial for Daniels, who still has three years of eligibility remaining. If things don’t work out for Daniels at USC in 2020, he could transfer next spring and still have two years left to play.

The fact that Daniels left the door open to returning to USC indicates that he doesn’t have any bad blood with the Trojans.

At this point, I’d be surprised if he left USC in 2020.

Which means the Vols will almost certainly be rolling with the quarterbacks they already have on the roster.

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