Boston College is still the only Division I program to offer Fike quarterback D.J. Daniels, but that is sure to change this offseason. The talented signal-caller put on an offensive clinic in his junior season helping his team finish 11-2, after the performance his interest from college coaches is rising.
”I speak with Boston College every day,” said the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Daniels. “I’m starting to hear from Wake Forest a little bit now. Duke, Carolina and ECU have been speaking with me for a while too.”
Last summer Daniels camped at ECU and the Pirates picked up on his ability. He mentioned he gets along well with the coaches and that he heard Head Coach Ruffin McNeill likes him.
Perhaps one of the most impressive parts about Daniels is the fact that he is a multiple sport athlete. He plays both football and baseball at Fike with aspirations of playing both sports at the next level much like Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston did at Florida State last year.
On Nov. 22 Daniels visited ECU for its 34-6 win over Tulane after being invited by coaches. During the visit Daniels gave coaches a copy of his updated junior season highlight tape and got to speak with a majority of them during his visit. He also stopped by Head Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin’s office to speak about baseball recruiting.
From an offensive standpoint Daniels liked what he saw from the Pirates when he was at the game. He also witnessed history when wide receiver Justin Hardy broke the NCAA’s record for most career receptions.
“I like the way (ECU) throws the ball a lot and it was great to see Justin Hardy break that record,” said Daniels. “We run the same offense at Fike with the same system. We throw it a lot and run play action reads so I’m used to both.”
After watching Daniels’ highlight tape it’s easy to see he will translate well in ECU’s offense if he ever ends up at the school. He mentioned the Pirates even run the same protection packages on the offensive line.
For right now ECU is a school Daniels is interested in and it would become a top school for him if the Pirates extended an offer. He hopes they do make his recruitment official with an offer soon.
As a junior Daniel dramatically improved his ability to get the ball out of his hands faster, it was something he worked on extensively with coaches. This summer he would like to attend the Peyton Manning Passing Academy to improve other parts of his game.
There is still plenty of time in this prospect’s recruitment and for right now ECU is a school he will keep in consideration and stay in contact with.