Daniel Explains List Cut

The Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North defensive tackle, Jacob Daniel, talked about narrowing his list down to 11...

With offers from coast-to-coast, Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North four-star defensive tackle Jacob Daniel (6-4, 310), felt like the time was right to whittle down his list.

So last weekend, Daniel, the No. 2 defensive tackle in the West, narrowed his list down to 11 schools.

"It was something I needed to do," said Daniel. "I told myself I was going to do it around this time of year, by my birthday. I needed to narrow it down and take a closer look at them. This is a good thing for me."

Daniel cut his list to USC, Ole Miss, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Washington, Fresno State and Cal.

"I honestly don't have a leader," said Daniel. "Right now it's an even 11. It really is."

Still, three schools have stepped up their recruitment of Daniel more than others.

"I'm going to have to say USC, Oregon and Fresno State are recruiting me the hardest," said Daniel.

The hometown school being involved surprised some, but Daniel said it shouldn't.

"I'm definitely serious about Fresno State," said Daniel. "Coach (Tim) DeRuyter is a great coach and knows great defense."

Oregon has also made a big move.

"I really like the coaches there and they've been a great program the last few years," said Daniel.

USC has the most familiarity with Daniel, having grabbed a commitment from Daniel when the majority of the staff was at Washington. But it's the Trojans' new defensive line coach, who came from Georgia, that Daniel has hit it off with most.

"There is so much comfort with USC," said Daniel. "As soon as I went there, I knew everybody. Then me and Coach (Chris) Wilson got real close. I really like Coach (Justin) Wilcox and his defensive scheme and he's a real cool guy as well."

Despite the early commitment to the Huskies, which he backed off amidst their coaching change, Daniel said he wants to wait it out now.

"I probably won't make a decision, or my top five until before the season starts," said Daniel. "And those will be the five schools I take an official visit to."

A selection to the U.S. Army Bowl, Daniel said he could announce then.

"It would be cool to announce at the Army Game, but I don't know, I want to see what I'm feeling then," said Daniel.

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