Jacob Daniel Commits to USC: What 4-Star DT Brings to Trojans

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystMay 13, 2014

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Jacob Daniel helped fortify the future of USC's defensive front Tuesday when he announced his commitment to the Trojans.

The 4-star in-state defensive tackle became the sixth member of Steve Sarkisian's 2015 class and unveiled his intentions on Twitter:

He is the third lineman pledge for USC in a three-week span, joining offensive tackles Roy Hemsley (Los Angles, California) and Chuma Edoga (Powder Springs, Georgia). Daniel adds to a defensive haul that includes 3-star cornerback Taeon Mason (Pasadena, California).

Rated No. 8 nationally among defensive tackle prospects in 247Sports' composite rankings, Daniel emerged as a key USC target earlier this year. The Trojans extended him a scholarship offer in February during a campus visit.

USC faced stiff competition from several Pac-12 foes, including Oregon, Stanford and Arizona. Suitors from beyond the conference include Texas A&M, Ohio State, Miami, Notre Dame and Alabama.

This is the second time Daniel has pledged to Sarkisian. He committed to the coach at Washington in November before eventually backing off that decision in late December.

The 6'4", 310-pound menace helped lead Clovis North High School to the Central California Championship as a junior. He displays excellent lateral range and short-area quickness that complements his massive frame.

His versatility presents plenty of options for the Trojans, who could be tempted to use him in a 3-technique setting during obvious passing situations. Depending on how the team decides to approach his training and physical conditioning, there's also a possibility of Daniel putting on additional bulk and anchoring the front interior.

If impressive physicality combines with quick comprehension on the practice field, Daniel stands a strong chance of contributing as a true freshman.

He spent time on campus with the USC staff in February, creating a lasting impression.

"They just told me that they really want me to be a Trojan and showed me what they had to offer," Daniel told Fresno Bee reporter Austin Kemp.

Credit: Jacob Daniel's Twitter

The sales pitch apparently stuck with him for the past three months, ultimately leading Daniel to pull the trigger on a commitment as his junior year comes to a close.

The 2015 USC class now includes two 5-star prospects and a 4-star recruit. It's rated 21st nationally in 247Sports' composite team rankings.


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