The biggest story in college football this week was easily USC quarterback JT Daniels hitting the transfer portal.
Daniels, a former five-star recruit, was a starter for the Trojans in 2018. However, he tore his ACL in the first game of the 2019 season and Kedon Slovis took a stronghold on the starting job.
Now, Daniels is pondering a transfer so he can have a better shot at starting. He has a previous relationship with Tennessee Vols wide receivers coach Tee Martin, which is why UT has emerged as a potential destination for the California native.
The Vols already have a crowded quarterback room, with Jarrett Guarantano, Harrison Bailey, JT Shrout, Brian Maurer, Kasim Hill and Jimmy Holiday, so it’s unclear if Daniels would want to get involved with a messy quarterback battle.
But if Daniels, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, were to transfer to Tennessee, he’d likely be the Vols’ best option at quarterback in 2020 (assuming the one-time transfer rule is passed by the NCAA).
(The addition of Daniels could also mean some of those quarterbacks transfer from UT.)
So what are the actual chances of Daniels landing at Tennessee?
Well, it’s still a bit too early to tell. It’s all speculation at this point.
But Rivals national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell could see Daniels ending up in Knoxville.
Here’s what Farrell had to say this week about Daniels and Tennessee:
There are plenty of terrific options out there where he can shine. Michigan, Tennessee, LSU, Washington, Notre Dame and others are all schools that could use some immediate help, recruited him hard out of high school or both. A pro style offense fits his skillset the best. It’s hard to guess right now but I could see him winding up in a Tennessee uniform. And if he’s eligible immediately he could make a huge impact.”
When I first heard that Daniels was in the transfer portal, I didn’t think Tennessee would be heavily involved.
But this seems to be picking up some steam. Daniels to Tennessee is certainly something worth monitoring in the coming weeks.
(Though it’s worth noting it’s also possible that Daniels simply chooses to remain at USC.)
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