J.T. Daniels’ father, Steve, made a “business decision” to hold his son back in eighth grade before entering high school. Fast forward to now and the quarterback’s cutting his high school career short.
Daniels made the choice to reclassify himself shortly after committing to USC in July of 2017. Instead of becoming a Trojan in 2019, he’s going start his college career in 2018. A move that returned him to his original class.
Quarterbacks coach Jordan Palmer played a big role in Daniels’ decision to reclassify. Palmer has been working with Daniels since 2014. The quarterbacks coach compared Daniels’ situation to Sam Darnold.
“The reasons to stay or go were similar,” Palmer said of the two conversations, per The Athletic’s Chantel Jennings. “You don’t decide to go to the NFL Draft because you’re ready to start in the league. … I think really when you decide to leave college for the NFL, it’s, ‘What else do I have to accomplish and what else do I need to do to get myself ready for the next level?’ If you’re mature, mature quarterbacks are making the decision that way.”
A decision on two different levels yet close in proximity. Both quarterbacks ultimately decided to pursue the next level of success. Daniels is set to enroll at USC in June and infiltrate himself in USC’s quarterback competition. Meanwhile, Darnold is hours away from hearing his name called in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Palmer’s advice had a huge impact on USC’s quarterback situation in what seems to be a case of giving advisement to a successor and predecessor.