Daniel with a bold prediction

Clovis (Calif.) North defensive tackle Jacob Daniel officially visited USC with nine other Trojans commitments. Daniel sees USC landing more top players from the weekend as well.

Four-star Army All-American defensive tackle Jacob Daniel took his first and only official visit of the recruiting process last weekend to USC, and while had no indecision about his commitment to the Trojans going in, he came out of the trip even more excited for the future of the football program.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about this class and the future of the program,” said Daniel. “I want to win a national championship and I’m pretty sure everyone else does too.

“There will be more of that talk when we get to USC, but I feel like with the guys we have committed and the guys that are going to commit, this will be the No. 1 class in the nation. I really believe that.”

In order to have any shot at a mythical national recruiting title, USC would have to close out incredibly strong. The Trojans target list consists of five-star cornerback Iman Marshall, five-star linebacker Osa Masina and five-star defensive end Rasheem Green.

USC is also in the running for four-star linebacker John Houston and four-star defensive end Porter Gustin.

“I really think we get them all to be honest,” said Daniel. “That would be such a big deal if we got them all, and I think it’s going to happen.”

Daniel spent much of his time on campus with fellow Army All-American defensive lineman Rasheem Green. The two have been friends ever since the Trojans Elite Junior Day last February.

“This weekend was just about everybody just getting together and hanging out,” said Daniel. “I’ve been to USC a bunch of times, so this was just us having a good time.

Viane Talamaivao was actually my host, and he’s a cool guy. Definitely, me and Rasheem hung out the most though. I didn’t really talk to him about recruiting. It went without being said.

“Even with the coaches, no one was really on him about coming. Same with Porter Gustin.

“But I just don’t see anyway how Rasheem is not a part of our class. Honestly, I just feel like he’s coming to USC. I mean, I’m going to wish the best for him and his decision wherever he goes, but I just see him at USC.”

Daniel showed his own promise as a defensive tackle at the Army All-American Bowl week of practices in San Antonio (Texas). Now 6-foot-4, 320-pounds, Daniel’s added size and quickness are something the Trojans lack up front.

“Yeah, Chris Wilson and sat down to talk about the defensive line quite a bit,” said Daniel. “He actually picked me up from the airport, so we talked a lot.

“They’ll give me my strength packet after signing day and then I start doing drills and things to be ready to play.”


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