Washington is clearly a program moving in the right direction under head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff. Saturday further proved that the Huskies are making positive strides, as 5-star defensive tackle Jacob Daniel committed to the program.
Talk about a massive pickup. No, seriously, this is quite a big snag for Washington.
Daniel stands in at 6'4" and nearly tips the scale at 300 pounds. What's even scarier is that he is a 2015 recruit, which means that he still has plenty of time to continue growing into that wide frame and provide an immediate impact his freshman season for the Huskies defense.
He's from Clovis, Calif. and already had offers from Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford, Miami and others. Beating some of those schools out for this promising defensive tackle speaks volumes to what this coaching staff has done over the years.
Will Jacob Daniel live up to the hype in Washington?
Besides his overwhelming size, Daniel is quite quick and athletic for such a big guy. He moves his feet well, reacts to the ball in a timely manner and is capable of chasing down ball carriers with his non-stop effort on the field. However, it's no secret what the new recruit will be asked to do when he arrives on campus.
Daniel will be the big man in the middle who clogs running lanes and helps collapse the pocket. With his size and strength, that really shouldn't be a problem. Washington already has young, solid pass-rushers such as Marcus Farria and Connor Cree. Adding Daniel gives the Huskies another promising player in the trenches.
The 5-star recruit joins 4-star offensive lineman Trey Adams as the only players of the 2015 class to commit to Washington.