His tour continued on Thursday as he visited the defending national champion Auburn Tigers along with his father.
"It was very, very beautiful," McDaniel said "I liked the atmosphere. I like how the fans are down there. They are very respectful. War Eagle. That's all I can say. I'm going to make sure I go back to Auburn University. "
Visiting the Plains from Jacksonville, Ala, where his father lives, McDaniel said that most of his family lives in Talladega so he has grown up on the Auburn-Alabama rivalry. That's one of the reasons he wanted to see Auburn in person was to get a feel for one of the teams on his early list.
"I love Alabama football, not just Alabama as in the university but Alabama football period," McDaniel said. "I just love the tradition. I want to play football in Alabama.
"My family is very split," he added. "I hear about the rivalry, but it's all in fun. It's the Iron Bowl. It's tough and hard-nosed football. That's what I like. That's what brought me down there for a visit."
Already hearing from North Carolina State and Clemson in addition to Auburn, he said at the moment all three are considered his early favorites because of the attention he's gotten from them. He said after seeing Auburn in person there are plenty of reasons to like the Tigers.
"Coach (Tommy) Thigpen is one of the best coaches I've met as a player," McDaniel said. "I love the atmosphere down there. It's beautiful. The stadium is nice. It was just a welcoming experience."
Playing wide receiver exclusively last fall, the 6-2, 195 McDaniel said he had 49 receptions for around 600 yards and six touchdowns. He noted that he should be playing some safety this fall as well for his high school team but is being recruited as a wide receiver by Auburn.
"I love it," McDaniel said of Auburn's offense "It's very exciting They like to let it go I want to go get it That's how I feel about it."