QB Maiava turns to USC day after Georgia pledge

  • Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Personnel WriterJan 10, 2024, 12:21 AM ET


    • ESPN personnel author
    • Joined ESPN in 2011
    • Graduated from Central Michigan

A day after revealing he would move to Georgia, former UNLV quarterback Jayden Maiava flipped his choice and will rather join USC, his father, William Maiava-Pratt, told ESPN on Tuesday night.Maiava, a redshirt freshman this previous season at UNLV, went into the transfer portal on Jan. 2 and was in contact with both Georgia and USC. His daddy told ESPN on Monday that his kid would transfer to Georgia.However, Maiava will now join the Trojans after coach Lincoln Riley made a last pitch.Editor’s Picks 2 Related Maiava tossed for 3,085 backyards, 17

goals and 10 interceptions while likewise rushing for 277 yards and three goals this previous season for UNLV. He was a three-star possibility out of high school in Honolulu when he signed with the Rebels.He has three years of eligibility staying and is strolling into a quarterback room in need of competition as USC aims to replace 2022 Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams.USC saw luxury quarterback Malachi Nelson transfer to Boise State. Backup Miller Moss started the DirecTV Holiday Bowl and tossed for 372 lawns, 6 goals and 1 interception in place of Williams, who opted out. Moss ‘performance stired wish for what he might do as a prospective starter, however the coaches didn’t sign a high school quarterback in the 2024 class and lost Nelson from the 2023 class, leaving depth as an issue.Maiava will have the chance to take on Moss for the beginning job and will offer some stability at the position as the Trojans get in the Huge 10 in 2024.

The flip of Maiava leaves Georgia with starter Carson Beck, backup Gunner Stockton and incoming freshman Ryan Puglisi after Brock Vandagriff moved to Kentucky and first-class Dylan Raiola turned to Nebraska in the 2024 cycle.

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