JT Daniels

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JT Daniels
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USC Trojans – No. 18
Career history
  • USC (2018–present)
High schoolMater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
Personal information
Born: (2000-02-02) February 2, 2000 (age 19)
Irvine, California
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Jonathan Tyler Daniels (born February 2, 2000) is an American football quarterback for the USC Trojans.

Early years[edit]

Daniels attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California.[1] During his high school career, he passed for 12,014 yards with 152 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.[2]

Daniels was notable for earning the starting position his freshman year and full play calling responsibility his sophomore year, the latter of which being a distinction that took fellow Mater Dei and USC alum Matt Barkley until his senior year to earn.[3] He threw for 4,849 yards and 67 touchdowns his sophomore season. As a junior, he won the Gatorade Football Player of the Year and then later the Male Athlete of the Year award [4] after passing for 4,123 yards and scoring 61 total touchdowns (52 passing, nine rushing), leading his team to a 15-0 record and a consensus high school football national championship.[5][6] Mater Dei held the #1 position from the first week of the season and did not trail at any point in the season, winning every game by at least 10 points in CIF's Division I.[7]

College career[edit]

Daniels was a five-star recruit and ranked as the number one overall recruit in his class by Rivals.com prior to his reclassification.[8] He committed to the University of Southern California (USC) to play college football.[9] In December 2017, Daniels announced that he would graduate early from high school and reclassify to the 2018 class.[10] He enrolled in USC in June 2018 upon completion of his high school course work. In August 2018, he began USC's two week fall camp in a three-way competition for the starting quarterback position. Within three weeks, Daniels was named the starter over incumbents Matt Fink and Jack Sears,[11] making him the second true freshman in school history to start a season opener. He became the first quarterback in Division I history to graduate early from high school and win the starting position to begin his true freshman year.


  1. ^ Sherman, Mitch (February 9, 2017). "The next great QB prospect might just be JT Daniels". ESPN. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ Fryer, Steve (December 22, 2017). "Mater Dei quarterback JT Daniels confirms plan to leave school and enroll early at USC". Press-Telegram. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Piellucci, Mike (August 17, 2018). "The Next Great USC QB Shouldn't Even Be in College". The Ringer. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Greene, Dan (July 17, 2018). "JT Daniels Becomes First to Win Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year Award After Junior Season". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Albano, Dan (December 19, 2017). "Mater Dei quarterback JT Daniels named Gatorade National Player of the Year". OC Register. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Sondheimer, Eric (December 27, 2017). "Player of the year JT Daniels heads Times' 2017 prep football all-star team". LA Times. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  7. ^ Poff, Zack (December 24, 2017). "Final 2017 MaxPreps Top 25 high school football rankings". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "JT Daniels, Pro-style quarterback". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  9. ^ Albano, Dan (July 30, 2017). "Mater Dei quarterback JT Daniels commits to USC". OC Register. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  10. ^ Bonagura, Kyle (December 22, 2017). "USC QB recruit JT Daniels graduating early to play next season". ESPN. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Kercheval, Ben (August 27, 2018). "USC names star freshman JT Daniels its starting quarterback: Three things to know". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 30, 2018.