J.T. Daniels, High School Football America’s 2017 Player of the Year, transfers to Georgia

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I’ve been on-the-record as saying that former Mater Dei (California) quarterback J.T. Daniels is one of the classiest student-athletes that I’ve ever had the pleasure of covering in nearly five decades of sports journalism. On Thursday, Daniels, who headed to USC after leading Mater Dei to the 2017 High School Football America “mythical” national championship, announced that he’s taking his quarterbacking talents to Georgia.

Related: Daniels named 2017 HSFA National Player of the Year

Daniels’ high school numbers were outstanding with 12,014 career passing with 152 touchdowns in just three seasons. Those numbers would have been much higher if he hadn’t reclassified after his junior season to head to USC.

The former 5-star recruit was a starter for the Trojans as a true freshman, throwing for 2,672 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Daniels was the starter to open the 2019 season, but he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1. 

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.