Coveted Class of 2019 quarterback prospect JT Daniels committed to USC on Sunday, and he might be practicing with the Trojans earlier than expected.
Daniels’ high school, Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif., reportedly has set up an expedited academic path for Daniels, should he choose to enroll early at USC.
“We will start to look at the possibility, if JT and his family desire to try to get out in the spring of ’19 to enter early,” Mater Dei football coach Bruce Rollinson told TrojanSports.com. “I think he has the academic strength to do that. You start to lay the groundwork, you have all the explanation because it’s a little harder at our place. I know there’s been preliminary meetings, just in case.
“Now, knowing his abilities, we don’t want to be sitting there and go ‘it’s too late.’ So if he decides to do that, we have all the ducks in the row. I know there’s been meetings and it’s been approved and they mapped out a curriculum that would either allow him to graduate with his class in June or graduate and finish his work and get up there for the spring of ’19.”
For now, the Trojans are in good hands, as Heisman favorite Sam Darnold will enter the season widely considered the best quarterback in the country. That’s a role with which Daniels is quite familiar, at least at the high school level.
In 2016, Daniels’ sophomore season, he completed 75 percent of his passes for 4,849 yards and 67 touchdowns while throwing only 6 interceptions. That came on the heels of a spectacular freshman season when he threw for 3,042 yards and 33 touchdowns.
“The game of football excites him,” Rollinson told ESPN in February. “The mental aspect of football excites him. He loves the strategy within the game. That’s what separates him from some of your other star high school quarterbacks.”
It also makes him similar to former Mater Dei standouts Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley, who both enjoyed standout careers at USC.