Attending camps at both California and Auburn, the six-foot-five standout from The Classical Academy said he believes he impressed Auburn head coach Gene Chizik and special teams coordinator Jay Boulware.
"I did a camp at Cal and got an offer so my leg was a little tired, but I'm sure I still did well," he said of his camp experience at Auburn. "I try not to kick too much when I don't have to during warm-ups and stuff. They kind of split us up for kicking in front of Coach Chizik when he was there. Coach Chizik said that I was the best there. I was definitely happy with my performance."
Already with an Auburn offer along with offers from LSU and Air Force, Carlson said it was a great opportunity to kick in front of Auburn's head football coach because it brings out the best in him. He said after showing what he can do on the field he got a chance to sit down with both coaches to hear what they thought of his performance.
"It was fun," Carlson said. "I enjoy the high-pressure situations. I have done that at LSU, at Cal, at those camps, and I feel like I did well in those situations. I enjoyed it and he really liked me. It was good, though.
"They both liked my big leg. Coach Boulware knows I can hit definitely field goals and kickoffs with my big leg. Coach Chizik really wants a guy with a big leg so he thought I was kind of the perfect fit. Coach Boulware and Coach Chizik like Jamie Kohl (Kohl's Kicking Academy), who has seen me kick a lot more. They trust him. Like I've said, I've worked with Jamie a couple of times so he's seen me kick a lot more."
In talking about Carlson, Kohl Kicking had this to say about his ability:
"Daniel is a 6-5 kicker with a huge leg, he went 10-10 at the Underclassman Challenge on FG and hit multiple 4.3 second hang-times, kicks well off the ground, will get better with more experience, seems to handle pressure very well and did well when put on stage, should draw top college offers, talent to be outstanding."
Also picking up an offer from Virginia recently, Carlson said he's also looking at Oregon as well and plans to camp there soon. Saying that he is keeping his options open at the moment, the powerful kicker noted that Auburn is definitely a college he likes and will be in his group of favorites until the end.
"I have one more camp, next week in Oregon, and that'll be it for me for the summer for colleges," Carlson said. "After Oregon I'm going to sit back and think about what schools, what I liked and didn't like, and try to narrow it down. Right now I don't really have an idea of where everything is at. I did enjoy Auburn a lot, and they have a lot of great features, so we'll see.
"I like their special teams program," he added. "It's already really one of the best, probably one of the best in the SEC. Coach Boulware knows what he's talking about. Breaking down film and stuff...they put a lot of emphasis on that.
Cody, (Cody Parkey), their kicker right now, he's a great kicker so if I could get a year maybe under a guy like that, that'd be good. Academically, I visited their honors program, thinking about doing something like that and I liked that. They have a nice campus. There are plenty of things that I like about it."