Daniels, 6-foot-4, 285-pounds, had offers from several other top programs. He will join his brother, tailback LeShun Daniels, at Iowa, and that played a big part in his decision.
WHAT IS THERE TO LIKE?
Daniels is a player that has continued to improve every year, and still has a ways to go before reaching his potential. He has also gotten bigger and stronger every year, and should flourish in Iowa's strength and conditioning program. Daniels depend on quickness and intelligence to get the job done, and he has both in abundance. His father played offensive line at Ohio State and in the NFL, so the younger Daniels has been well schooled at his position. There is still room to add weight and mass to his frame, and Daniels is also known for his work ethic and being a leader on his football team. He has talked about possibly going into the medical field after graduation.
WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS? One of the questions about Daniels has been inconsistency, and I've seen him play live four times to date. When he's on his game, he's as good as any offensive lineman in Ohio, but we've seen him struggle against lesser opponents before. Daniels does always play hard, but he needs to dominate more on a consistent basis. He is the highest rated three-star in Ohio, so an improved senior season could push him up in the rankings. He would seem to be better at pass protection now, but will be a strong run blocker as he adds more bulk and strength.
WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? What doesn't show up on film is the fact that these are the types of players you build programs around. James Daniels succeeds in the classroom, in the weight room, on the football field and in the community. He comes from a great family, and that cannot be underestimated. Daniels will be a hard worker, and he will get what he should get out of the talent he's been given. I would expect him to be a captain as a senior, and always represent the university with class. He will be reporting early and will go through spring football with the Hawkeyes, and that should only speed up his development. James Daniels has the talent to be a multi-year starter at Iowa, and should flourish in a system known for producing great offensive linemen.