Daniel Drops By UCLA

The Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North defensive tackle, Jacob Daniel, made a quick stop in Westwood and plans to be back this spring...

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North defensive tackle Jacob Daniel (6-4, 310), has over 20 offers, a who's who of schools from around the country, honing in on one of the premier defensive tackle prospects in the country.

Ranked No. 6 nationally at his position and No. 45 overall, Daniel added offers last week from Arizona State and Notre Dame to go with offers from California, Colorado, Fresno State, Hawaii, Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin, Eastern Washington and Southern Utah.

"I've been talking with Texas A&M a lot and they could be close to offering me too," said Daniel.

Daniel committed to Washington during the fall, but not long after Steve Sarkisian left for USC, he opened his recruitment back up.

Now, he's in no rush to make a second commitment anywhere.

"I'm going to be taking it day by day and I'm not going to make a decision too fast now," said Daniel.

The weekend prior to Signing Day, Daniel went to USC's Junior Day.

"USC was great," said Daniel. "It was amazing and a great environment. I loved the coaching staff. I like all of them from Washington and even the new defensive line coach, Coach (Chris) Wilson, we communicate a lot now."

After being offered by Sarkisian and USC at Junior Day, Daniel said Sarkisian told him to not rush his commitment.

"He was just saying he offered me again, but take more time this time," said Daniel.

After Junior Day at USC, Daniel went up the road to UCLA on his way back for the Central Valley and spent some time with the coaches there.

"I was driving with Isaiah Langley (a four-star in the 2015 class), and UCLA had wanted us to talk with them and see the campus before we left L.A.," said Daniel. "We were there for a little bit and met with Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich and Coach (Angus) McClure. We had met the other coaches before. I'm going to try and get back down there for sure in the spring."

For now, Daniel said his only other set plans to visit somewhere is Oregon for their spring game.

"I would love to visit Notre Dame too, but we'll have to talk about when I can do it. I know I'll be at Oregon for the spring game though," said Daniel.

Daniel said he wants to take the spring on before he narrows things down.

"Spring is going to be quite a bit of fun," said Daniel. "A lot of coaches said they'll be coming by and I'm ready for that, but I'm really excited that with them coming, my teammates will get a chance to be looked at. That's the thing I'm most excited about. They deserve the look."

After spring, though, Daniel said he'll start whittling his list.

"I'll probably narrow it down to about seven schools later on then get it down to a top five," said Daniel.

Daniel said that the USC coaches have been recruiting him the hardest, with Oregon right behind them.

"USC is definitely recruiting me the hardest right now," said Daniel. "Oregon is also recruiting me pretty hard too."

Daniel said that Washington still remains a possible destination.

"I'm definitely still considering Washington and I've been in contact with them since the new coaches got there," said Daniel. "I've been on the phone with Coach (Chris) Petersen and Coach (Jeff) Choate."

Daniel said he's working through scheduling which camps he'll be at this spring and gave up the shot put this spring to focus specifically on football.

Brandon is in his tenth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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