USC Trojans quarterback JT Daniels entered the transfer portal on Thursday. Should LSU football pursue?
USC Trojans quarterback JT Daniels officially entered the transfer portal on Thursday and I think LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron would be wise to pursue him.
Look, I get that Myles Brennan is expected to be LSU’s starting quarterback in 2020. And I know Coach O expressed a lot of confidence in Brennan during the spring.
But putting all your eggs in one basket is never a good idea. And we have no idea how Brennan will actually fare as a starting quarterback. It’s not that I’m doubting Brennan, I just need to see what he has to offer on game day before I made any judgement.
With Daniels, however, we already know he’s a good starting quarterback. He tossed for over 2,600 yards for the Trojans as a freshman in 2018. Daniels, a former five-star recruit, was set to be USC’s starting quarterback in 2019, before an injury in the first game of the year forced him to the sideline.
After Daniels was injured, Kedon Slovis stepped up and took hold of the job. Slovis essentially never looked back. This is a similar situation that Georgia faced a couple of years ago with Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm. Eason was cruising along as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback until he suffered an injury. Fromm took over and, like Slovis, never looked back. Eason later transferred to Washington.
You can ever have too much talent at quarterback. Why not bring Daniels, with his valuable experience, to Baton Rouge? What would it hurt? It would absolutely make LSU’s team better, both from a depth standpoint and a talent standpoint.
Plus, if LSU lands Daniels, it means they possibly kept him away from a rival SEC program. Ole Miss and Tennessee were listed by 247Sports as potential destinations for Daniels. Tennessee isn’t a concern. But Ole Miss, with Lane Kiffin, Orgeron’s old friend, leading the way, the Rebels could be dangerous.
247Sports reported that LSU was “kicking the tires” on transfer options earlier this offseason, so I wouldn’t be shocked to see Coach O get on the phone and try to lead Daniels to Louisiana.
In fact, I’d be very surprised if Orgeron and the Tigers DON’T pursue Daniels.