The wait for Cerritos College (Calif.) cornerback Thadd Daniels has reached the final hours as Wednesday’s mid-year Signing Day fast approaches.
In some 72 hours, Daniels will put pen to paper and make a final decision between three schools: Iowa State, Purdue and Utah State.
“I’m done with this recruiting process,” Daniels said. “I’m done with the trips, I’ve seen enough, I’ve compared enough schools. My decision will be made on Wednesday and everybody will find out then.”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound cornerback has spent the last three years at Cerritos after suffering a dislocated shoulder in his sophomore season. He received a medical redshirt and will arrive at his future school with two years of eligibility.
Interest in Daniels, who recorded 29 tackles to go with eight pass breakups and an interception this past season, waned after his injury, but he’s received offers since his sophomore season from the aforementioned schools.
Daniels visited Utah State on Dec. 4 before arriving at Iowa State this weekend for two days and then Purdue for one.
“It went well,” Daniels said. “I met with all of the coaching staff that’s there right now and I had good vibes. I liked the atmosphere up there at Iowa State. It’s pretty cool how the fans really love the football team and stuff.”
Iowa State and Purdue both added JUCO cornerbacks over the weekend but both have interest in adding Daniels to that mix. The Cyclones believe Daniels could arrive in January and compete immediately.
“Basically they want me to come in and compete for that starting job so we can get a roll and win some games and get that magic in that stadium,” Daniels said. “As far as me coming in as a JUCO, I’m older so I know I’m more mature. I can play off, man, I’m going to work hard and bust my butt for anything to make it happen for the team so we can get some wins.”
Daniels enjoyed his Purdue trip even with the short period of time in campus. Now fully healthy, he’s nearing a decision with one key factor in mind.
“To me it’s all about the atmosphere,” Daniels said. “Football, that’s what I do, I can go anywhere and compete and play and win a starting job. It’s all about who you’re living around and outside of football and who you hang with and stuff like that. If I’m hanging with some cool guys with a good vibe and it’s a cool atmosphere, which I did have a good time at Iowa State, then I’ll pick wherever I feel like I fit in the most.”