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Clovis North Star Jacob Daniel's Dream of Playing for USC Comes True

Defensive tackle Jacob Daniel originally committed to Washington but after Sarkisian left, he opened up his commitment process.

Four-star defensive tackle Jacob Daniel.
Four-star defensive tackle Jacob Daniel.
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Jacob Daniel

  • Defensive Tackle
  • Clovis North HS (Fresno, CA)
  • Ht: 6'4" / Wt: 300

USC football can welcome four-star defensive tackle Jacob Daniel (Clovis North) to the Trojan defensive line. He has signed his letter of intent to USC this morning. A Fresno native, Daniel committed to USC last May 13, and has been strong on his word ever since, especially following his official visit back on January 16.

The Clovis North stud had actually committed to Washington when coach Steve Sarkisian was the head coach but de-committed after Sark took the head coaching position at USC.

After sitting out his junior year with a torn ACL, Jacob Daniel came back and earned an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Game this season. But his season almost ended in October when he suffered a knee scare, but the MRI results came back negative for any major damage.

The four-star lineman fared well at the U.S. Army All-American Game, one of the nine Trojans to compete, and will now work under defensive line coach Chris Wilson. Daniel is ranked as the No. 15 defensive tackle by ESPN and the 11th best by Rivals. He had offers from over 20 schools but had dreamed of being a Trojan since he was kid.

At 6’5", 300 pounds, Jacob Daniel clogs the hole primarily as a nose tackle. For over 300 pounds, Daniel excels at not only as a run stopper but against the pass as well. Despite the loss of All-American Leonard Williams, USC has a strong core of upperclassman defensive linemen returning next season, but Daniel could potentially work his way into the rotation.

Check out these Jacob Daniel highlights from this season at Clovis North:

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