Five-star USC quarterback commit J.T. Daniels has been named the Gatorade state player of the year for 2017. The news was announced on Monday morning by multiple sources.
— Hudl (@Hudl) December 11, 2017
The junior signal-caller for Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif. threw for 3,890 yards and 49 TDs against only 4 interceptions this season for the Monarchs. A dual-threat quarterback, Daniels also rushed for 513 yards and 5 TDs on the season.
Daniels has led Mater Dei to an undefeated season to this point and a place in the CIF state championship Open Division bowl game against De La Salle at Sacramento State University.
It is the second-consecutive year that Daniels has won the award, joining only eight other players, including: including
Mitchell Trubisky (2012-13, Mentor High School, Ohio), Greg Olsen (2002-03, Wayne Hills High School, N.J.), Matthew Stafford
(2005-06 Highland Park High School, Texas), Harrison Smith (2006-07 Knoxville Catholic High School, Tenn.), Latavius Murray
(2007-08, Onondaga High School, N.Y.), Brock Osweiler (2008-09,
Flathead High School, Mont.) and Leonard Fournette (2014-15 & 2012-13, St. Augustine High School, La.).
Daniels committed to the Trojans in July, and you can rest assured they will work hard next year to get him to stand firm on that, since Daniels will no doubt have suitors from all over the country.
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