James Daniels Reflects on Hawkeyes Official

Iowa pledge James Daniels took his official visit to the school this weekend. The four-star center from Ohio spoke with Hawkeye Insider about the trip. See what he had to say about it and his future at the school.

James Daniels visited Iowa plenty of times in the past. The comfort level attained there led him to verbally commit in July.

The Ohio offensive lineman last stopped at the school a month later. He returned there this weekend for his official visit. The university paid the bill.

"It was an official so that's a huge difference compared to my other visits," Daniels said. "And I haven't been here since August so I didn't know how the new facility looked like or anything. It was nice to see that."

Daniels is expected to graduate from Warren (OH) Harding High next month and enroll at Iowa in January. He'll participate in spring practice.

"I know that it'll help me a lot so that's the reason I'm doing it," Daniels said.

Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Daniels as a four-star prospect on its five-star scale. The service tabs him as the No. 4 center in the country for the 2015 class.

Daniels, who chose the Hawkeyes ahead of offers from Ohio State and Alabama, among others, was hosted this weekend by his brother, LeShun Daniels, a true sophomore running back at Iowa.

"On Friday, we toured the facility and pretty much went to the game and then ate dinner with the coaches," James said. "Then, on Saturday, we talked to the academic people. I got a chance to talk to a biology professor. I met with Coach (Chris) Doyle and both (Kirk and Brian) Ferentz. Then, at night, we went to the (Iowa-Iowa State) wrestling meet."

Daniels appreciated the feedback from the coaches.

"They just talked about how excited they are to get me down there in January. Brian talked about some schemes to me. Coach Doyle talked to me about what I'll be doing in the weight room once I get there," he said.

Iowa graduates three starting offensive linemen after this season. Tackles Brandon Scherff and Andrew Donnal along with center, Brian Gaul, will exhaust their eligibility.

Daniels said he hasn't thought about playing as a true freshman but isn't ruling it out.

"I want to learn the system and develop into a better player," he said.

Iowa has told Daniels he will get his first look at center but could also slide to guard.

The Hawkeyes fell, 37-34, in overtime to Nebraska Friday. Iowa finished the regular season at 7-5.

"It was a tough loss," Daniels said. "And the season was tough, too. They lost many close games."


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