Morgantown, West Virginia – When new West Virginia quarterback JT Daniels steps on the field for the Mountaineers, he will be very confident in his teammates and expects to win games.
“Going up and down the roster, I feel like they have very, very good pieces everywhere,” Daniels told ESPN following his announcement. “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.”
“They have plenty of skill guys,” Daniels said. “There’s no question there. And they’ve been a top-ranked defense the last five years. It feels like a really good, complete team that I want to be a part of.”
Daniels, a 6’3 210 pound former five star quarterback out of Orange County, California, also enjoyed his visit to Morgantown and looks forward to making it his new home.
“I loved it,” he said. “It feels very Athens-ish (Athens, Georgia), which is a quintessential college town and which I have really, really enjoyed living in.”
In addition, Daniels’ familiarity with Graham Harrell’s Air Raid offense was also a major part of why he chose West Virginia. Daniels spent time with Harrell at USC early in his collegiate career.
“It definitely helped knowing Graham coming into it and having a really good relationship with him,” Daniels said. “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.”
While there will be a “quarterback competition” during the summer, Daniels will almost certainly be the starter when the Mountaineers play Pitt on September 1st in the Backyard Brawl. Daniels will compete against his former teammate at USC, Kedon Slovis, who will likely be the starting quarterback for the Panthers in the season opener.
“The number one thing that I need to prove is that I can stay healthy. I’ve missed 35 games in three years, ” Daniels said. “If there’s one thing I haven’t proven, it’s that.”
With JT Daniels at quarterback, expectations for the Mountaineers have soared. He is the highest-ranked quarterback in West Virginia history and winning the Big 12 Conference is now, suddenly, a real possibility.