South Dakota star to visit Army

After spending his junior year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., Michael Daniel returned home to Brookings, S.D. for his senior year of high school. The 5-foot-11, 217-pound running back has one D-1 offer from Army with plenty looking to see what he's going to do as a senior.

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Daniel, however, says his first offer is the "closest to his heart" and will be taking a long, hard look at Army during the remainder of the recruiting process.

"I am definitely still interested in Army and I'll be taking my official visit to West Point this fall," Daniel told "I don't know how they saw my film, but, in the spring, they said they were very interested and Coach Waugh wanted to come and see me workout in person. So he came out to my high school and watched me run routes, go through my drills, and afterward said he was impressed with what he saw. He liked the combination of size and speed and that I can be an all-purpose back who can rub, block and catch. A week later, they offered.

"Army is definitely different than the other D-1 schools in the duties you're required to fulfill. It's a great opportunity to have because the experience would get me ready for the world. It was my first offer, right now my only offer and that made a lasting impact on me. It really came out of nowhere, but that's fine. I'm blessed to have it and feel great about it."

IMG Academy is an All-Athlete boarding school that features some of the best facilities anywhere in the country. Daniel played on the inaugural football team, coached by former Heisman Trophy winner, Chris Weinke.

"It was an incredible six months," Daniel said of his time at IMG. "It's just like college. We started school at 7:30 and finished up around noon. We practiced from 1 to 7. The experience was tremendous. I think it helped a lot with my football I.Q. I was backing up Bo Scarbrough but suffered a high ankle sprain. Then the fullback tore his ACL so I moved to fullback the rest of the season."

Daniel says North Dakota State is looking at him the hardest right now, but he's also heard from Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa State, and Wyoming.

"Many of the schools want to see highlights, so these first couple of games are going to be big for me," he said. "I love to win and I want to play for a winner in college. I'm an early graduate. Obviously if I go with Army, I'd wait, and graduate in the spring. My decision will be based on how well I communicate with the staff. I want to play for a staff that's hard-working but also fun to play for."

Originally from the Seattle area, Daniel, nicknamed "Mikey", moved with his family to eastern South Dakota at the age of 11. He returns to the Bobcats of Brookings after a one year absence. Top Stories