Daniels Starts 2014 Season Strong

DALLAS -- Scout.com caught up with 2015 receiver Denvre Daniels, an under-the-radar prospect who played a big role in his team's season-opening win Saturday night.

Cedar Hill is one of the most recognizable powerhouse programs in the Lone Star State.

The defending state champions have an LSU commit at quarterback (Justin McMillan), a five-star receiver committed to Texas A&M (DaMarkus Lodge), a USC commit at running back (Aca'cedric Ware), a Texas A&M commit at linebacker (Richard Moore), and a Tennessee commit at cornerback (Darrell Miller).

But that quintet does not account for all of Cedar Hill's talent. The Longhorns boast more seniors with FBS offers, as well as impressive underclassmen who will emerge as college prospects.

Another senior playing a significant role in Cedar Hill's firepower this fall is three-star receiver Denvre Daniels.

The 5-foot-10, 173-pound playmaker returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in Saturday night's 56-34 Cedar Hill win against a talented Dallas South Oak Cliff squad. Daniels also had nine offensive touches for 49 yards -- four catches for 26 yards, plus five carries for 23 yards.

At the FBS level, Daniels holds offers from Colorado State and New Mexico State.

"They said I could play really anything they want me to play. They like me at running back and slot, though," Daniels said. "Kick returner as well."

Daniels said recruiting has been relatively quiet lately, but he hopes to hear from one particular Big 12 school.

"I'm really trying to go out to Texas Tech," Daniels said. "My friend is already down there. He tore his ACL two years in a row, so he's trying to be a walk-on. But I heard he's doing good and I heard he's on the team, so that's where I'm trying to go."

Daniels said Colorado State and Texas Tech are two campuses he wants to visit this fall.

"I don't know when, but I know I wanna get out to Colorado State. That's where I'm trying to get out to," Daniels said. "Tech, I gotta talk to them more first, if anything. I'm trying to get an offer on the table right now so I'm trying to do everything I can on the field and in the classroom."

Cedar Hill is a defending state champion with high expectations for the 2014 season. A year ago, the Longhorns won their second state title since 2006. Scout's Week 2 High School Football Rankings have Cedar Hill at No. 6 in the country, which places the Longhorns second among schools from Texas behind Allen, which is No. 2.

Daniels said he and his teammates have put in the work to meet the high expectations.

"We've been working hard in offseason in the weight room, running every day. We run after practice all the time," Daniels said. "The running backs and receivers, we get an extra run in all the time just to boost our stamina so when we get out here and the fourth quarter comes, we feel like the first quarter."

Cedar Hill's season-opening victory came against a Dallas South Oak Cliff squad that has eight FBS-committed prospects and a dozen with at least one FBS offer. Cedar Hill faces another talented team Friday, when the Longhorns host Arlington Bowie in a home opener. Bowie boasts Texas Tech four-star offensive tackle commit Madison Akamnonu, two TCU pledges in receiver Tony James (plays quarterback for Bowie) and safety Niko Small, and Fresno State offensive tackle commit Clyde McCauley.

Check back with Scout as we track Daniels and his loaded Cedar Hill squad.

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