Former USC quarterback Jaxson Dart announces commitment to Ole Miss
After nearly a month spent in the transfer portal evaluating options and being courted by some of college football’s highest-profile teams, former USC quarterback Jaxson Dart has found his next home.
Dart announced on Sunday he intends to transfer to Ole Miss.
𝐎𝐥𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 ❔🦈 pic.twitter.com/X7tHecZm3c
— Jaxson Dart (@JaxsonDart) January 30, 2022
“To my (USC) brothers… in the short time we had, I feel sincere gratitude for our memories and relationships we created. They will last a lifetime. You will forever be family,” Dart wrote in a social media post. “Despite adversity, we stood together! Thank you for welcoming me and my family. I love SC and am extremely grateful for my time here.”
Dart was a former 4-star and top-100 player in the Class of 2021, per the 247 Composite. He was the national Gatorade Player of the Year as a high school senior and arrived at Southern Cal with quite a bit of excitement over his future.
As Kedon Slovis—the starter at the outset of the season— battled injury and inconsistency, Dart entered the fold and showed plenty of promise. He threw for 1,353 yards and nine touchdowns in six appearances (three of them starts), completing 62% of his throws and only tossing five interceptions in 189 attempts.
The 6-foot-3 Utah native was rated by 247Sports as the third-best available transfer this cycle. He’ll be joined at Mississippi by former USC tight end Michael Trigg. And with Matt Corral off to the 2022 NFL Draft, Dart will be the presumed favorite to lead the Rebels into next season.
As for the Trojans, USC has now seen both of its top 2021 quarterbacks enter the transfer portal and commit to a new school. Slovis announced his transfer to Pitt in December. Dart, according to multiple reports, had been told by the new USC coaching staff that he would still have a spot on the SC offense if he chose to return.
All eyes in Los Angeles are now squarely fixed on Caleb Williams, the Oklahoma transfer and top available player in the portal. The deadline to enroll for the spring semester at USC and therefore be eligible to participate in spring practices with the football program was Friday, Jan. 28. That day came and went without a public declaration from Williams, who has been rumored to have interest in Wisconsin as well as USC.
Of the top 25 transfer quarterbacks this cycle, 22 have already announced a new home. Oklahoma State transfer Shane Illingworth (No. 13) and former USC quarterback JT Daniels (No. 12) are the only other remaining uncommitted quarterbacks in the top-25.
To be clear, the overwhelming majority of reporting still has USC as the likely landing spot for the coveted transfer. However, if USC misses on Williams, it could choose to wait until after the spring to see if any other major names enter the portal, but that would mean going through spring ball with Miller Moss as the only scholarship quarterback on the roster.
Moss was a 4-star prospect from the 2021 class, ranked as the 76th overall player and the 12th-best quarterback. He attempted 13 passes during his first season, completing eight of them for 74 yards and a touchdown.