Several quarterbacks are on the move this early in the offseason via the transfer portal with many notable names already finding their landing spot. Freshman quarterback Jaxson Dart, who took Kedon Slovis’ position at USC during this past season, has narrowed his transfer choices down to Oklahoma, Ole Miss, and TCU, according to a report from Gerry Hamilton of On3 Sports.
The first two seem to make the most sense and would give Dart a chance to continue growing on a large stage. Given the situation at Oklahoma with Spencer Rattler gone and Caleb Williams not expected to be back either, Dart’s primary competition would be former UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel, who dealt with injury issues last year.
The second option, Ole Miss, seems like it could be the best possible choice for him of the three. Dart brings a lot of the same traits as a departing Matt Corral does between his arm talent, level of athleticism, and playstyle. It’s an easy situation to crack into, considering he should have the edge going up against Luke Altmyer and with John Rhys Plumlee, who played quarterback in addition to other positions, transferring out.
While Dart’s numbers early on in his career don’t necessarily reflect it, he has the ability to be a big playmaker on the ground in addition to being a reliable passer—though the touchdown-to-interception ratio will be something to clean up (though some of that is to be expected with a first-year player).
Over six games this season, Dart completed 117-of-189 passes (61.9%) for 1,353 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions—with two touchdowns on the ground. Those are decent numbers, which could have been even better if he wasn’t put in such a disadvantageous situation with the Trojans that never really gave him or Slovis a chance to succeed and play at their highest level. From the coaching staff to the supporting cast, both quarterbacks faced a lot of adversity in 2021.
Here’s a look at one of those rushing touchdowns where Dart did the work to take it in himself, showing the same type of mobile playmaking ability that Corral did.
Looking at the film on Dart and looking at the Ole Miss score-from-far offense, it looks like Dart could fill the void in a way that works out well for both parties.
Regardless of where Dart chooses to transfer, he’s going into a much better situation than the one he had at USC last season and we’ll have a chance to begin figuring out just exactly what he is as a signal-caller when he gets the opportunity to start a full season with some consistency elsewhere.