Daniels Down to Iowa, OSU

A recent visit to Alabama cleared up the recruiting picture for James Daniels. The Ohio Offensive Lineman narrowed his list to the home state Buckeyes and Iowa, where his brother attends. He spoke with Scout.com about his finalists and when a decision is coming.

Urban Meyer played his best hand. The Ohio State coach determined he needed it in battling Iowa for in-state offensive lineman James Daniels.

Daniels informed Meyer than he would choose between the Big Ten combatants. His brother, LeShun Daniels, played as a true freshman running back with the Hawkeyes last season.

Iowa often needs an ace in the hole when competing with blue blood programs for top talent. Perhaps, that's why Meyer went all in.

"He said Ohio State is going to be in the hunt for a national championship every year," James Daniels said of what the Buckeye head man told him.

While that assertion might be a bit of a stretch, the point certainly hits home for Daniels. The odds of winning it all are higher at Ohio State than at Iowa, although there are no guarantees.

"It's a big factor," James Daniels said about the importance of having a chance to win a national title.

It's just not the only factor. There's something to be said for opening holes for your brother and watching him run to pay dirt.

"Yeah. It's a very hard decision," said James Daniels, a senior at Warren (OH) Harding High.

Scout.com ranks James Daniels as the No. 9 center nationally in the 2015 Recruiting Class. He reports offers from Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, UCLA and Wisconsin, among others.

Daniels narrowed it down to Ohio State and Iowa because he felt they were the best fits. Here's what he said about each school:

IOWA - I like the offense they run and also their strength program.

OHIO STATE - They have a really good program for setting up football players for life after football.

Daniels said that despite it being a tough decision, he wants to commit within the next week. He doesn't have a specific date or way he will announce his choice.

"It feels good to be at the end of the process. Now, I can focus on my season," he said.

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