As Steve Sarkisian carries on in his transition from Washington to USC, the Huskies continue to feel the brunt of his departure on the recruiting front.
Sark already brought composite 4-star defenders Claudeson Pelon and Jonathan Lockett to Southern Cal, both of whom had ties to UW. Now, the Huskies have lost another prized recruit, Jacob Daniel, a 247Sports 5-star defensive tackle for the 2015 class.
As of right now I have decided to go on ahead and decommit from the University of Washington I will take time and reevaluate my choice— Jacob Daniel (@Jdan_CTMD) December 31, 2013
247Sports rates Daniel as the No. 5 defensive tackle for 2015.
While the 6'4", 298-pound defender hasn't switched his commitment to USC, some predict that it might only be a matter of time before he does. His two latest forecasts on the 247Sports crystal ball have him headed to Troy, along with Sarkisian.
However, Daniel did leave the door open as he begins the next chapter of his recruitment. Immediately after announcing his decommitment, he said that he still loves UW.
I still really love UW— Jacob Daniel (@Jdan_CTMD) December 31, 2013
It might now be up to new Washington head coach Chris Petersen to build a relationship with Daniel and bring him to Seattle. Since Daniel is just a junior, he'll have plenty of time to do so before the 2015 signing period.
The 2014 class is also looking relatively bare for Washington. As of Daniel's decommitment, the Huskies boasted just eight verbal commitments.
None of those commits are defensive linemen, though they are targeting former Boise State commit Greg Gaines on the middle of the defensive front.
The push and pull between Sarkisian and Petersen will certainly be something to keep an eye on in the coming months.