Daniels Stars In Opening Loss

Austintown Fitch defeated Warren Harding 28-7 Friday night in a battle between two of Ohio's more storied programs. One of the bright spots for Harding was the play of transfer junior tailback Leshun Daniels, who rushed for 179 yards in the loss. Daniels showed an impressive combination of vision and power, and is a player to watch for the class of 2013.

Even in defeat it was hard to not be impressed by the play of Warren junior tailback LeShun Daniels Friday night. Daniels, whose father Leshun starred at Harding and Ohio State, recently transferred to the Raider program from Illinois. On the night he accounted for 179 yards on 28 carries as the Raiders lost 28-7 to Austintown Fitch.

"I thought I played well, but I'm sick about the fumble I had early in the first quarter," Daniels stated. "I can't ever let that happen again, because we had momentum and I killed it for us. Other than that play, I felt I played pretty well. I thought I was down on that play, but that's still on me."

Daniels, 6-foot, 205-pounds, was obviously excited to play at the school where his father was such a legendary performer. He was also impressed by the level of competition he found in Ohio high school football.

"I liked playing for this school and the atmosphere was unbelievable, especially being on the field where my dad played high school football," he admitted. "He was here tonight and that made it special. I think I played hard and tried to find the open spaces. Fitch was a lot better than any team I played against in Illinois and Ohio competition is so much better."

Even though Fitch was clearly the better team on the night, Daniels is looking forward to helping his Raider teammates get better for the rest of their schedule.

"We have to come out and work harder in practice to get better," he explained. "We have to stay focused, eliminate the mistakes, and work on improving as a team. I think we are going to get better as the season goes on because we have a lot of talent on this team."

"I'm the new guy here, but my teammates have accepted me and made me feel welcome," Daniels said. "They seem like they like me a lot, and I love being here at Warren Harding. Our coaches are great and I love my teammates. This is where I wanted to be and why I transferred, and it was a good move for me."

Recruiting is a long ways away for Daniels, but there is one team he is certainly hoping to hear from in the future.

"Recruiting is far away for me, but there is one team I'd love to hear from," he admitted. "Ohio State is my dream school, that's where my dad went, and I've always loved the school. I went to the Cincinnati camp last summer and liked it there a lot too. I need to play well, and then let the recruiting work itself out."

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