2016 Florida defensive back talks ECU offer

2016 Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla,) defensive back Elisha Daniels added ECU to his growing list of offers. With no Power-Five school on his offer list yet, the Pirates could get a head start.

Just a few days after offering Florida quarterback Mac Jones, East Carolina once again targeted a sunshine state product, this time in the form of 2016 defensive back Elisha Daniels.

The Pirates officially offered Daniels on May 7 and joined a cast of Group of Five schools to extend the 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back/receiver a scholarship.

The Pirates are recruiting the versatile athlete as a corner back and Temple, Toledo, New Mexico, Idaho, Florida International and Bowling Green have all offered Daniels. However, ECU boasts a connection that may give it an edge.

Linebacker C.J. Maybin, who is from the same high school as Daniels, signed with the Pirates as a part of their 2015 class and serves as Cardinal Gibbons pipeline. The connections go further than former teammates, too. Maybin and Daniels, who has a twin brother Elijah, are cousins.

“My coach told me that ECU was the school that signed C.J. and they’re going to be looking at me,” Daniels said. “(ECU coaches) saw me at practice and the next morning my coaches told me they offered and I was excited about it.”

ECU appears to be in the early stages of Daniels’ recruitment as the defensive back admitted that he hasn’t heard too much from the Pirate coaching staff. That should change, however, as Daniels pointed his coaching relationships as a key factor in his recruitment.

There are a number of other factors for Daniels as his recruitment begins to heat up.

“I just want a school that is going to treat me right,” he said. “I’m not really trying to go to a huge school. I want to go to a school that I can make an impact as a freshman. I also want something that’s not too far away from home. I want it to feel like a family.”

The family connection is there for Daniels in the form of Maybin. His twin brother Elijah, who plays safety, is also being recruited for football and though he holds scholarships from a number of similar schools to Elisha, he has yet to receive an offer from ECU.

Daniels pointed to his desire to play along side his brother at the collegiate level but noted “we’re two different people.”

ECU’s pursuit of Daniels won’t be without competition. A few other schools have been hard on his recruitment and a few have even made it a family affair, offering Elijah as well.

“Toledo and Bowling Green have stood out,” Daniels said. “They give me and my brother a lot of love.”

Daniels said that he has camps at Ohio State, West Virginia, Miami and Tennessee coming up this summer but his hope is that he can be in closer touch to the ECU coaching staff.

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