JT Daniels
USC TrojansNo. 18
Quarterback Sophomore
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Date of birth: (2000-02-02) February 2, 2000 (age 20)
Place of birth: Irvine, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Career history
High school: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
*USC (2018–present)
Career highlights and awards
* Gatorade Football Player of the Year (2018)
Stats at

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

Early yearsEdit

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 careerEdit

Daniels was a five-star recruit and ranked as the number one overall recruit in his class by 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. In his true freshman year, Daniels passed for 2,672 yards, 14 touchdowns, and ten interceptions as the Trojans went 5–7, though he did not play in one game due to a concussion.[12][13]

In 2019, he won the starting job over Fink, Sears, and Kedon Slovis.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name. During the season opener against Fresno State, he tore his ACL during a sack in the second quarter; at the time of the injury, he had completed 25 of 34 passes for 215 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Daniels was eventually ruled out for the remainder of the year.[14]


  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 (Dec 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". Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  8. "JT Daniels, Pro-style quarterback". 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". Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  12. Trevino, Chris (August 31, 2019). "USC QB JT Daniels carted off the field against Fresno State". Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  13. Abdeldaim, Alaa (August 20, 2019). "JT Daniels Named USC's Starting Quarterback". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  14. Kercheval, Ben; Sallee, Barrett (September 1, 2019). "USC quarterback JT Daniels out for season with torn ACL and meniscus, a report says". Retrieved September 1, 2019.
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