QB J.T. Daniels, a 2019 recruit, claims Notre Dame offer

IRISH STEW

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame has identified its first quarterback target in the 2019 class. Yes, 2019.

J.T. Daniels, a freshman at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, reported a Notre Dame offer Wednesday night.

The Irish aren’t alone in pursuing the 6-foot-1, 195-pound signal caller. Daniels also claimed offers from Washington and Arizona State on Wednesday. The new scholarship offers pushed his total to four with his first coming from California in October.

Daniels completed 174 of his 313 pass attempts for 3,042 yards and 33 touchdowns with four interceptions in his first season in the Trinity League, one of the toughest high school football conferences in the country.

Two of Mater Dei’s receivers are the younger brothers of Irish wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown: Osiris, a junior, and Amon-Ra, a sophomore. Former Notre Dame linebacker Joe Schmidt also attended Mater Dei.

Irish offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford has shown a pattern of targeting quarterbacks early in the recruiting process and one at a time since coming to Notre Dame.

In the 2017 class, the Irish pursued Hunter Johnson of Brownsburg, Ind., before he committed to Tennessee. He has since flipped his pledge to Clemson. Notre Dame then offered Avery Davis of Cedar Hill, Texas, in the 2017 class.

Phil Jurkovec of Gibsonia, Pa., received Notre Dame’s lone offer in the 2018 class back in November.

Below are freshman highlights of Daniels via Hudl. 

Incredibly honored and appreciative to receive an offer from the University of Notre Dame #FightingIrishpic.twitter.com/B0QOO91Roh

— JT Daniels (@jtdaniels06) January 28, 2016

Quarterback J.T. Daniels, a 2019 recruit, reported a Notre Dame offer Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)