Sun Devils move on 2015 JUCO sack artist

One of the most productive junior college players in California from last season could be eligible to transfer to the Division I level this summer, and if he is, Arizona State is a possible destination.

Maurice Daniels, a 6-foot-3, 220 pound hybrid end/outside linebacker at West Hills Community College in Coalinga, Calif., was offered a scholarship by the Sun Devils last week.

As a sophomore, Daniels led the California Community College Athletic Association last season with 19.5 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss on his way to first-team all-conference honors for a West Hills team that won 10 games (10-1) for the first time in history.

"They offered me on Thursday," Daniels said of the Sun Devils. "(Defensive line) Coach (Jackie) Shipp did. He said I would be a great asset to the team and that they want me there

"It came out of the blue and made me feel great."

Daniels said he's aware of ASU's recent success and that he considers it to be his biggest scholarship offer yet. Fresno State, New Mexico and Wyoming have also offered, he said, and Nebraska and other schools have been keeping tabs.

"I know ASU's got a great defense and it's something I would like to be a part of," Daniels said. "It's an up tempo defense.

"I'm going to visit ASU March 28."

The question of whether Daniels will be able to graduate this spring has perhaps been what has held his recruitment back to this point, he said.

"I'm just trying to be eligible to go to Division (this year)," he said. "I need to pass my classes this semester and need to have a 2.5 GPA."

ASU is recruiting Daniels as a Devil backer, it's hybrid rush end position, he said.

"They like my ability to pass rush and how explosive I am," Daniels said. "With the way their defense is they think I would be a good fit and be able to get a lot of numbers there like I have in junior college."

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