Quarterback JT Daniels of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana has notified USC he will attempt to reclassify up to the Class of 2018 and enroll at the university next month, according to a source within the football program with knowledge of the situation. The source could not confirm when Daniels, Mater Dei or USC would acknowledge such a move, which would require NCAA approval because Daniels is currently a high school junior. Daniels, the Gatorade national player of the year, was asked last weekend if he would return to Mater Dei next season and said, “I will.” He has repeatedly denied he would leave high school early. However, sources at USC said Daniels has been working for months to reclassify from a junior to a senior. What remains to be seen is whether Daniels gets NCAA approval. But it’s hardly a unique obstacle because Sierra Canyon star basketball player Marvin Bagley was reclassified last summer and enrolled at Duke. The move is not contingent on Sam Darnold going pro but is considered a win-win for Daniels. If Darnold stays, Daniels gets a year in the system. If Darnold leaves, Daniels will immediately compete for the starting job against Matt Fink and Jack Sears.
USC 4-star QB commit JT Daniels expected to reclassify, enroll in 2018
Orange County Register | Dec 22