Auburn Offer Excites Prospect From Ohio

Talented class of 2015 offensive line prospect James Daniels talks about getting an offer from Auburn.

Warren, Ohio--Expected to be one of top center prospects in the country for the 2015 football recruiting class, 6-4, 280 James Daniels already has offers from several top programs and he recently he added one from the Auburn Tigers.

Already familiar with the Auburn program dating back to Cam Newton and the 2010 BCS Championship, Daniels says that he was excited to get the news.

"I haven't been talking to them at all," Daniels tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "My guidance counselor told me they asked for my transcripts. Then last Friday my head coach told me to call the offensive line coach, Coach (J.B.) Grimes. I talked to him for about 10 minutes and he offered me. It was nice and a good surprise coming from a major program like that. It was nice to have it."

With offers from schools such as Arkansas, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, UCLA and West Virginia in addition to Auburn, Daniels says it's just exciting to see one of his dreams closer to becoming a reality.

"It's crazy and exciting for me because when you're a kid you always look at those posters that say only one percent can be a Division I athlete," Daniels says. "You realize now that you're part of that one percent. It's a great feeling."

Planning to visit several of the schools on his list between now and the start of his senior season, Daniels says Auburn will definitely be one of his visits because the Tigers are now very high on his list.

An athletic offensive linemen being recruited as both a guard and a tackle by most schools, Daniels also throws both the shot put and discus for the track team at Warren High. Making the move from center to offensive tackle as a senior to help strengthen the offensive line, he notes that his ability to move is probably his strength as a player.

"I feel like I can get to the second level better than most offensive linemen," Daniels says. "Not many guys can get to the linebackers like I can."

Daniels is the son of former Ohio State offensive lineman LeShun Daniels. His brother is currently a running back at Iowa.


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