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Report: JT Daniels Made Extravagant Request of Oregon State, Still Cashed in at WVU

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Prior to JT Daniels officially announcing he was coming to West Virginia this past April, the five-year college football veteran visited multiple other schools, looking for his next home after spending two years apiece at USC and Georgia.

One of the prospects for Daniels was Oregon State, where he visited with his father during one of the Beavers’ spring practices.

According to John Canzano, a sports columnist and radio host based in Portland, Oregon, Daniels asked for multiple exuberant commodities when negotiating an NIL collective — a four-bedroom house, capable of withholding a gym and space for family members when they came to visit, and a personal chef, on top of a six-figure endorsement deal.

Daniels’ father led the discussion, and the talks quickly faded out. Daniels transferred to West Virginia shortly after the visit, and still received a six-figure NIL deal without having yet played any games for the Mountaineers. The former five-star and No. 14 overall recruit got his money based on past reputation and what could he possibly do for the program.

Daniels wasn’t named the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers until head coach Neal Brown’s press conference five days before West Virginia’s 2022 season opener against Pittsburgh. He threw for 2,107 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 10 games before losing his starting spot to Garrett Greene.

Greene played the majority of the Mountaineers’ win over Oklahoma on Nov. 12 and started West Virginia’s final two games, with Daniels making no appearances in the contests.

Now, with the spotlight seemingly swung to Greene, Daniels is leaving West Virginia after just one season. It was announced Tuesday morning that Daniels intends to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal, meaning Daniels will soon play for his fourth football program.

Report: WVU QB JT Daniels Intends to Enter Transfer Portal

It is unknown what the official reason is why Daniels is choosing to leave West Virginia, as Mountaineers offensive coordinator Graham Harrell said Daniels was the ideal teammate during his time as the backup, assisting others in any way possible, but is likely certain Daniels wants to make a name for himself in the eyes of NFL scouts before his time in college ends.

Daniels could still potentially have two years of eligibility remaining. He has one guaranteed, and the second could be added if he is granted a medical redshirt for his torn ACL suffered in Week 1 of the 2019 season.

But, it seems money won’t be an issue in the coming future.

As of December, Daniels has collected six NIL collectives according to On3, with the headliners coming during his time at Georgia, where Daniels inked a deal with Zaxby’s and signed a trading card agreement. His others include an apparel contract with Rhoback, two separate deals with Country Roads Trust and a partnership with Candy Sweet Futures NFT.

All together, Daniels’ estimated annual value is $184,000.

So, the ball is in Daniels’ court. Does he go in with the same mindset as Oregon State and attempt to get another NIL deal for the most money at his new program, or simply go for where he may gain the most exposure? We will have to wait and see what the veteran decides in the coming months before spring practice.

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