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Ex-Georgia QB Daniels transferring to WVU

MORGANTOWN — Since the beginning of March, three different Mountaineers have battled for the role of starting quarterback.

On Wednesday, the program added one more to the mix. And a pretty good one at that.

J.T. Daniels, a former five-star prospect who opened last season as the starting quarterback at the University of Georgia, confirmed a report Wednesday morning that he had committed to the Mountaineers. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Daniels, who took a visit to campus last weekend, had also considered Missouri and Oregon State.

“Going up and down the roster, I feel like they have very, very good pieces everywhere,” Daniels told ESPN. “It feels like a great fit for a quarterback. I feel like there’s a really, really, really good team that I’m going to step into and do my part to contribute.”

He joins a West Virginia team that returns its entire starting offensive line from last season, as well as two of its top three wide receivers. Despite the loss of Leddie Brown, the running backs room is the most talented it has been in the Neal Brown era, according to coach Chad Scott.

In two seasons at Georgia, Daniels started in seven games, totaling 1,953 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. Last season, he started the Bulldogs’ first three games before suffering an injury, resulting in head coach Kirby Smart elevating Stetson Bennett IV en route to a national championship.

Prior to Georgia, the California native spent two seasons under center with the USC Trojans under current West Virginia offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, but, despite starting as a true freshman, played sparingly due to injuries.

“It definitely helped knowing Graham coming into it and having a really good relationship with him,” Daniels told ESPN. “Knowing that I trust that offense and that system, and I believe in it. I also feel really comfortable with Coach Brown and the ideas that he has and the way that he runs a program.”

The move doesn’t come as a total surprise to the Mountaineers, but it is still unknown whether this addition was made due to Daniels’ talent or the current group’s lack thereof.

Throughout the spring, the Mountaineers rotated between the three quarterbacks already on campus: redshirt sophomore Garrett Greene, redshirt freshman Will “Goose” Crowder and freshman Nicco Marchiol. Last month, Brown told reporters that seeing what each of the three could provide the team with was the priority.

“If we went and got a transfer quarterback, I don’t know how we get a really good evaluation on the young guys,” Brown said. “And it’s not about this fall, but it’s about the future. And, we got three guys here in Garrett Greene and Nicco Marchiol and Will Crowder that deserve the opportunity to show what they have.

“So, we’re going to go through the spring, and the belief is that one of them will take reins of the job, or we’ll get it narrowed down to two, and if that’s not the case, then we’ll go find a guy,” Brown added. “There will be guys available, but I thought it was important for them, and important for the trajectory of our football team, to let those guys have the ability to go out and compete in the spring, and so, we’ll do that.”

Daniels is arguably the highest profile transfer the Mountaineers have accepted since former Florida quarterback Will Grier committed to WVU in 2016.

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