James Daniels profile
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Pos Rank: #9 C
State Rank: 20
Warren Harding (Ohio)
Daniels played as a freshman for Warren Harding, blocking for his brother Leshun, but really stepped up as a sophomore, starting every game and not surrendering a sack, even against Ohio State commit Billy Price. He picked up his first offer, Bowling Green, after that season and soon major programs like Penn State, Michigan State, Indiana and Iowa would offer. After his junior season, the offer list would continue to increase. Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn and Michigan were among the schools to add to his list. Daniels would take visits to many of the schools on his list, but the connection with his brother and the program at Iowa lead him to commit to the Hawkeyes during a ceremony at his school.
The thought of getting there in [a year] and being able to play with LeShun would be crazy. I've been thinking about playing college football since I was a kid, and to be able to play with my brother would be great. Seeing Iowa winning games also makes it even better."
Daniels has a ton of experience. He will be a four-year varsity starter. That shows in his technique. He has a great base, good footwork and does a good job with his hands. His build gives him a natural leverage advantage, but he also does a good job of keeping his pad level down. He is not a big kid, and will have to continue to get stronger, but as a center prospect, we are not as concerned about his size. He's mobile, athletic, and able to get into the second level when asked to do so.
Daniels is a very solid player. We feel he's a safe bet to play for the Hawkeyes at the next level. While a little undersized, he has plenty of other qualities to make up for it.