DB DJ Daniel of Georgia Military College Thursday announced a commitment to USC over Georgia and Kentucky. Daniel made his decision known at a gathering of family, coaches and teammates at the school gym. He becomes the 20th member of the 2019 recruiting class and the first corner commitment.
USC coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator/secondary coach Travaris Robinson pushed a message of need at the cornerback position on Daniel throughout the process.
“It’s more of a need than a want for them,” said Daniel. I’m looking at the depth chart for them on the defensive side. The support system here is outstanding. I love the coaching staff. I love talking to Coach Muschamp. I think Muschamp has always been a great coach. He’s always stood out to me. And Coach T-Rob, he’s a straight to the point type of coach and that’s what I like about him most.”
USC was one of the first major offers for Daniel and the Gamecocks never relented in their recruiting him. That paid off on Thursday.
“When I didn’t have any offers at first they stayed with me, stuck with me. T-Rob and Coach Muschamp have been straightforward with me,” he said.
What the Gamecocks like most about Daniel is his coverage ability. He’s regarded as the top cover corner in the junior college ranks for this season. Last season, the Griffin, GA native had 26 tackles along with 3 interceptions and 5 pass break ups.
In the recruiting world, this is being viewed as a surprise victory by the Gamecocks. In fact, in mid-summer it looked like Georgia had an edge after Daniel took an official visit with the Bulldogs. At that time, Daniel said a Georgia related website was going to handle his announcement.
But earlier this week he told us about his plans to announce at his school, and that he was in constant contact with Robinson, giving us a feel USC had an excellent chance to land him.
Daniel will graduate in December and have two years of eligibility with the Gamecocks.