JT Daniels leaving Mater Dei for USC

JT Daniels

The Orange County Register is reporting that Mater Dei (California) star quarterback JT Daniels will reclassify as a senior and enroll at USC for the 2018 season.  The announcement comes less than a week after High School Football America announced that Mater Dei will win its “mythical” national championship when our final Top 100 is released on Christmas Eve.

Daniels, who earlier this week was named Gatorade’s National High School Football Player of the Year award, still needs to complete the NCAA’s mandated 16 core courses by the time he finishes high school, according to the OC Register story.

With San Clemente alum Sam Darnold expected to leave USC early for the NFL Draft, Daniels will be able to compete for the Trojans’ starting quarterback job next season.

JT Daniels talks start of 2017 camp and USC in July

Daniels verbally committed to USC at the end of July before the start of this season, which ended last week with Mater Dei winning the California Open Division championship.

The 6-2, 210-pounder finishes with 12,014 career passing with 152 touchdowns.

This past season, Daniels completed 72 percent of his passes for 4,123 yards and 52 touchdowns, plus he ran for 556 yards and nine touchdowns.

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