Jacob Daniel Returns

Jacob Daniel Returns

Clovis North defensive tackle Jacob Daniel took part in his first camp since injuring his ACL last season

Clovis (Calif.) North defensive tackle Jacob Daniel has been rehabbing an ACL tear since October of last year.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound USC commit missed the entire camp circuit this spring marking August as his return date. This week, Daniel had a chance to participate in the Rising Stars Camp ahead of schedule.

"I got to do some drills both days," said Daniel. "It was cool. I didn't do one-on-ones or anything like that, but Coach (Chris) Wilson had me go through some bag drills and things like that.

"There wasn't much pressure, although it was my first time doing a lot of the drills. Coach Wilson is a good coach and I felt I got a lot better. It was good to see how things will be in the next couple of years.

"That's why I went. I wanted to go through some drills to see what I need to work on."

Daniel has been down to USC's campus several times this spring, so this week's trip was about life off the field at USC more than on it.

"They were really just trying to make me feel comfortable," said Daniel. "I was there Wednesday and Thursday, but left after the morning session Thursday.

"Most of my time talking with the coaches wasn't about scheme or my position. It was just about me feeling comfortable around the team.

"I've known most of the coaches since the Washington days, so it's easy feeling comfortable down there. The whole trip was really cool."

Daniel was one of a handful of elite defensive line prospects attending the USC Rising Stars Camp. Joined by the underrated three-star defensive end Noah Jefferson, players like Rasheem Green, Russell Ude and Trenton Thompson also participated at the camp.

"It was cool seeing Rasheem again," said Daniel. "We've become good friends, and so have Noah and I. We all got to hang out and chill.

"The one session Rasheem was there, he did really well. Noah Jefferson is a real good pass rusher. Trent was there, and he's light out. He's a heck of a player. They all are."

On the other side of the line, Daniel also saw some stand out players.

"The USC commit, Roy (Hemsley) did well," said Daniel. "I'd say he and Fred Ulu-Perry were the two best offensive linemen. Roy can really move for his size. He can definitely play."

Already committed to USC, Daniel spent time in the ears of some uncommitted players as well.

"Porter Gustin, the linebacker from Utah, is a guy I talked to," said Daniel. "I've been bother him a bit about coming to USC. We'll see what happens."

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