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Cal signs free safety Daniel Scott of La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis

Justin Wilcox called Daniel Scott one of the biggest sleepers in the 2017 class. A scouting report and highlights are inside, as we take a look at Cal's third signee of National Signing Day.

ANALYSIS: Free safety Daniel Scott committed to the Bears after his official visit on the final weekend of the cycle. He's a rangy, bouncy safety (thanks to playing varsity basketball), and a ball-hawking competitor. Scott has a nose for the ball, he closes well, and doesn't make dumb decisions. On the eve of Signing Day, Scout recruiting director Huffman upgraded him to a three-star prospect. If he were recruited before the coaching change, there's little doubt he'd be a receiver. That's one of the biggest changes with this new staff -- the athletes are headed to the defensive side of the ball.

“Daniel really came into his own as a senior and may be one of the top sleepers in this recruiting class," said head coach Justin Wilcox. "He has the size and speed to be an excellent safety at the Pac-12 level. We are fortunate that we were in a position to offer him a scholarship late in the recruiting process.”

Scott played both ways for 9-2 La Canada (Calif.) St. Francis this season, catching 41 passes for 688 yards and 10 touchdowns as St. Francis's leading receiver, returning eight punts for 101 yards, picking off five passes and deflecting another five, and racking up a team-high 70 tackles, with 6.0 tackles for loss. 

EXPERT ANALYSIS: Scott plays receiver and safety and we saw him this fall against Buena Park (Calif.) in a game that had another Cal commit playing in Taariq Johnson and one out with an injury in Jeremiah Hawkins.  Scott and St. Francis got the upper hand in that one.  He’s got very good range as a safety and has excellent closing speed and coverage awareness.  He can play physically when needs to and also breaks well on the ball, showing good ball skills.  As a receiver, he’s a sure-handed pass-catcher and while not explosive, has good enough speed to get separation. -- Huffman