With the calendar flipping to July Tuesday, James Daniels entered the home stretch of his recruitment. The Ohio standout has expressed a desire to wrap up his process by the end of the month.
The sticking point right now is finding a time to visit Alabama. Daniels is searching for a free date to travel to Tuscaloosa in a busy summer of training. It's an NCAA recruiting dead period until July 13.
"Nothing is really new with my recruitment. I haven't been on any visits lately. I'm trying to visit Alabama this month but I'm not sure I'll be able to in July. I want to commit before August. I should be able to after I visit Alabama," Daniels said.
Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Harding (OH) High product as the No. 8 center nationally in the 2015 Class. His impressive list of reported scholarship offers includes the Crimson Tide, Arkansas, Auburn, Iowa, Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, UCLA and Wisconsin, among others.
"I think the recruiting process is really cool," Daniels said. "My recruiting process has been really good."
Daniels said he does not have a list of top schools.
"I'm considering all of the schools that still show me love," he said.
Alabama, Ohio State and Iowa are recruiting Daniels most strongly, he said. His older brother, LeShun Daniels, will be a true sophomore running back with the Hawkeyes this fall.
"They recruit me hard. I receive written letters from them nearly every day," James Daniels said.
Daniels visited Iowa City last in April for the spring game. He talked with Hawkeye Insider about the stop and connecting with the Hawkeye coaches.
Iowa's roster including LeShun makes it an attractive option for James, but he told us back in the winter that it would not be a deciding factor in his recruitment.
"He is my brother, but he knows that I have to make the best decision for me," James said. "I'll have to feel comfortable with coaches and the overall feeling of the school."
James Daniels is interested in studying medicine in college.