USC Making A Move With 5-Star QB JT Daniels, Stanford, Washington Holding Steady

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei junior quarterback J.T Daniels visited USC twice last week and the Trojans are making a big move on one of the nation's elite signal callers.

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The race for standout quarterback J.T. Daniels is far from over, but the USC Trojans gained a lot of momentum following a pair of unofficial visits last week. 

"USC is definitely a very intriguing option for me right now," Daniels said. "I went to their camp last Monday just to hang out and watch some of my boys who were competing and then came back on Friday for an individual visit. That visit was really eye opening for me and showed me what it would be like if I was a Trojan.

"I got a great vibe about the place and it felt like home to me. I love the environment and the culture at USC and the coaching staff is so real and personable. I spent a lot of time with Tyson Helton (QB coach) and Clay Helton (head coach) and they're both great guys and really easy to talk with. There is a lot to like about the USC program and like I said, I'm really intrigued right now."

Daniels detailed what specifically the Helton brothers talked about.

"The main thing was just what a great school USC is," Daniels said. "You can't beat the location, playing close to home isn't a huge factor but definitely a bonus. Mater Dei quarterbacks have historically done very well there and I really love the offense and how adaptable it is. They fit the offense around the quarterback and his strengths and they showed me how well I would fit in.

"They run a pro-style offense, which is my strength and they give the quarterback a lot of freedom to make checks and reads at the line of scrimmage. They're recruiting at such a high level right now and I have a lot of friends there and also some that are going there. Camren McDonald just committed and we're close and it just feels like USC is building something very special."

The recent de-commitment of 2018 quarterback Matt Corral is another factor helping the Trojans at the moment. 

"That definitely caught my eye," Daniels said. "When I saw that go down, I kind of thought to myself, 'hmm, that's interesting.' My goal is to play as a true freshman. I'm open to competition but I want to get in wherever I go, and be able to compete right away.

"I'm on track to be an early grad so I'll be there in the spring so yeh, of course I'm going to notice when a big time quarterback in the class before decides to de-commit. Don't get me wrong though, USC is a really appealing option to me, more so because of the great visit I just took than what happened with Matt. USC just really fits me well in every area but I'm not ready to make a decision right now or anything."

Daniels did say when he finds the right fit, he'll have no problem making an early commitment.

"When I know, I'll commit, but I'm not there yet," Daniels said. "I still have more visits to take and a lot more information to gather. In July, I'm going to visit Michigan and Nebraska. I like Jim Harbaugh a lot that's a school that runs a great system that I think I would fit in well at.

"Nebraska has Mike Riley, who's a great guy and I'm excited to visit and see what the fan base is all about. Before I commit anywhere, I want to visit Stanford and Washington again as well. They're both great programs and are right there with USC at the top for me.

"I had great visits to both programs have tremendous respect for Coach David Shaw at Stanford and Chris Petersen at UW. They both run pro-style offenses, I like the academics at both schools and both programs are winning programs and are recruiting well. So it's going to be a tough decision and I'm in no hurry right now to do anything. I'm just going to play things out but if I get to a point where I do feel really good about one school, I won't hesitate to commit and start recruiting for my school."

Daniels is currently rated the No. 1 quarterback and No. 6 overall recruit in the nation in the just released 2019 rankings. He's coming off an incredible sophomore season that saw him complete 315-423 (75%) passes for 4,849 yards and 67 touchdowns with just six interceptions.


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