Clovis (Calif.) North defensive tackle Jacob Daniel has been rehabbing an ACL tear since October of last year.
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound USC
commit missed the entire camp circuit this spring marking August as his
return date. This week, Daniel had a chance to participate in the
Rising Stars Camp ahead of schedule.
"I got to do some drills both days," said Daniel. "It was cool. I
didn't do one-on-ones or anything like that, but Coach (Chris) Wilson
had me go through some bag drills and things like that.
"There wasn't much pressure, although it was my first time doing a lot
of the drills. Coach Wilson is a good coach and I felt I got a lot
better. It was good to see how things will be in the next couple of
"That's why I went. I wanted to go through some drills to see what I
need to work on."
Daniel has been down to USC's campus several times this spring, so this
week's trip was about life off the field at USC more than on it.
"They were really just trying to make me feel comfortable," said
Daniel. "I was there Wednesday and Thursday, but left after the morning
"Most of my time talking with the coaches wasn't about scheme or my
position. It was just about me feeling comfortable around the team.
"I've known most of the coaches since the Washington days, so it's easy
feeling comfortable down there. The whole trip was really cool."
Daniel was one of a handful of elite defensive line prospects attending
the USC Rising Stars Camp. Joined by the underrated three-star
defensive end Noah Jefferson, players like Rasheem Green, Russell Ude
and Trenton Thompson also participated at the camp.
"It was cool seeing Rasheem again," said Daniel. "We've become good
friends, and so have Noah and I. We all got to hang out and chill.
"The one session Rasheem was there, he did really well. Noah Jefferson
is a real good pass rusher. Trent was there, and he's light out. He's a
heck of a player. They all are."
On the other side of the line, Daniel also saw some stand out players.
"The USC commit, Roy (Hemsley) did well," said Daniel. "I'd say he and
Fred Ulu-Perry were the two best offensive linemen. Roy can really move
for his size. He can definitely play."
Already committed to USC, Daniel spent time in the ears of some
uncommitted players as well.
"Porter Gustin, the linebacker from Utah, is a guy I talked to," said
Daniel. "I've been bother him a bit about coming to USC. We'll see what
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