Army, Navy battling for Georgia safety Daniel Charles

The 2017 recruiting season is now in full swing and service academy rivals Army and Navy are battling for players just as they will for victory against each other in December. One player that both programs want is Marietta, Ga., safety Daniel Charles.

Daniel Charles is one of the top defensive back prospects in the state of Georgia.  He's all over the field as a player. Last year he had 80 tackles, an interception, seven pass breakup, five tackles for loss, and forced a fumble.  He was selected to play in the Georgia Dome in an All-Star game for juniors following the season.

Charles, who already has over a dozen offers, talked about some of the things he believes attracts college coaches to him.

"I think that my hustle and heart make me a great player because I don't give up on the play even if it looks as if it's over," said Charles.  "Other people do but I look at it as an opportunity to give our team another chance at winning. And I say 'heart' because every game and every play I give all I got into what I'm doing and that usually does good things for the defense."

One example of Charles' heart came in a game last season against Wheeler high school. A Wheeler running back had broken away and appeared to be gone for a touchdown.  However, Charles, who placed fourth in the Georgia 400 meter dash in track as a sophomore, was able to run him down. Wheeler wouldn't score on that drive and Charles' team went on to win the game.

Charles has offers from Tulane, Miami (Ohio), Charlotte, East Carolina, Appalachian State, Army and Navy to name a few.   

Charles received the offer from Navy a couple days ago. 

"Around 6:30 coach [Robert] Green asked for me to give him a call," said Charles. "I thought we were about to just have a normal conversation, but a little ways into the conversation he announced that Navy officially offered."

The Georgia DB is impressed with Navy as a program and likes the job security that comes with a Navy degree and commission.

"I like how the Naval Academy not only has a great football program but it has one of the best educations as well," remarked Charles.  "I also like how you are guaranteed a job after college."

One advantage Navy may have in the battle for Charles services is that his good friend, Myles James, recently committed to the Mids.  When asked about that Charles was adamant that enhanced Navy's standing.

"Oh, most definitely," said Charles. "I was always interested in the program, and playing beside my boy again is definitely something I would want to do again."

Charles plans to visit Navy and might go on that trip with his pal Myles.

Army offered Charles back in late June. The promising player spoke highly of West Point.

"A degree from Army can take you a long way," remarked Charles. "Not only can I play football, I can also build a name for myself in the business world as well. Also the coaching staff is really cool and I feel like I could relate to them."

Charles, who says Army assistant coach Brent Davis is recruiting him, believes he will definitely visit West Point.

"I plan on visiting Army before I commit," exclaimed Charles.  "I think it'd be the best decision."

Army and Navy are high on Charles' list but there are other contenders. He commented on his favorite schools. 

"My favorites so far have to be Charlotte, Navy, Army, Georgia State, East Carolina, and Miami (Ohio)," said Charles.

Additionally, he believes that both West Virginia and Western Kentucky may be close to offering him

NOTE: Charles played at Campbell high school last year. Both Charles and Myles James transferred for their senior seasons.  Charles to Marietta high school and James to McEachern high school. Top Stories