Daniel recaps Oregon visit

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North defensive tackle Jacob Daniel recaps his visit to Oregon.

If there's one area that Oregon struggled with down the stretch with the 2014 recruiting class, it was locking up an elite defensive tackle prospect. This year it appears that the Ducks are attempting to rectify that and one of the prospects they are targeting is four-star Clovis North defensive tackle Jacob Daniel.

After taking in Saturday's Spring Game in Eugene, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Daniel spoke with eDuck on Sunday morning and felt the Ducks went all out for his visit.

"It was real great," Daniel said. "They gave me red carpet treatment. That was perfect. They provided all of the information we needed about the school. The game was just amazing. I really enjoyed myself."

Daniel spent a good deal of time interacting with fellow prospects Shane Lemieux, Tim Lynott and Ducks verbal commit Taj Griffin, bonding mostly with Lynott over video games.

Saturday evening, Lemieux gave his verbal commitment to Oregon and said that he one of his goals was recruiting Daniel to join him in Eugene. This earned a chuckle from Daniel, who enjoyed getting to know each of them.

"They were all cool," Daniel said. "Taj, Shane. [Shane] was pretty cool. I didn't get to talk to him too much but I got to talk to Tim [Lynott]. They were all nice guys."

Daniel also talked shop with defensive line coach Ron Aiken. After their conversation and meeting with the other defensive linemen, he said he felt comfortable at Oregon and got a sense of where he'd fit in.

"I'd be playing nose," Daniel said. "[Defensive coordinator Don] Pellum is going to be a lot more aggressive with his play calling, so I'd just be getting after it at that spot."

Daniel also grew fond of the Oregon campus. One of his main goals was to find out what Oregon had to offer academically as he plans to pursue a business degree in college.

"It was great to see everything," he said. "Everything was really nice."

When asked how the trip compared to some of the others he's taken, Daniel's answer was short and sweet.

"It's up there," Daniel said. "This was a great one."

Going forward, Daniel doesn't have any additional trips planned. He did say he plans on narrowing down his lis of top schools, which consists of Oregon, USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Cal, Fresno State, Ole Miss, Alabama, and Notre Dame. As for when that'll happen remains a mystery.

"It could be tomorrow," he said. "I really don't know."


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