Defensive Coordinator Norm Parker loves to poach prospects talented enough to play on both sides of the ball. Sometimes he wins. Sometimes he loses.
"Coach Parker was talking to me a lot and he's a really great guy," McDaniel said about his unofficial to Iowa City this weekend. "Then I met with Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and he started asking me about playing safety. I laughed and said that I thought they were recruiting me as a running back like the other schools that have offered me."
"Coach Ferentz laughed and said he should have known that. He said he'd been so busy with spring practice that he hadn't had a chance to watch my highlight tape."
Ferentz told McDaniel that he was going to watch the tape and call Cam on Tuesday to talk about it. They both chuckled at Parker's move.
The Coppell (Texas) High product has unofficially visited Stanford, Iowa and Texas Tech.
"I'm as wide open as it gets," McDaniel said. "A lot of schools in Texas don't show much interest in the beginning. They evaluate, a few guys commit and there's a ripple effect."
McDaniel grew up a fan of Texas, but the Longhorns have not recruited him much. He's become open to many other schools and Iowa is one of them.
"It was a pretty great visit," said McDaniel, who came to Iowa with his prep teammate, Bennett Okotcha. "The atmosphere was great and the weather was beautiful. They said it's not always like that.
"Everyone I talked to about Iowa mentioned the atmosphere. I picked up on it. You can tell it's a great college town that's really excited about their team."
McDaniel ate lunch in a luxury box at Kinnick Stadium before touring the rest of the football complex. Later, he met one-on-one with Ferentz.
"He asked me what I'm looking for in a college and things like that," McDaniel said. "I got the sense he was finding out about my character. He's an amazing person.
"He has greatness written all over him. You can easily see why he's been successful. He comes across as an authority figure, but it's in a good way, in a respectful way."
Ferentz mentioned to McDaniel that Brandon Wegher was originally recruited as a safety but emerged as a running back. The coach also said he could see the prospect as a Tim Dwight type that can excel in the return game.
"It was exciting to hear that," McDaniel said.
McDaniel is taking the recruiting process in stride. It's important but not the most important thing in his life right now.
"I'm really focusing on school and what's in front of me right now," he said. "I'm working out with one goal in mind. I'm committed to my high school teammates and winning a state championship.
"That's my first priority. God will show me the right direction to go in as far as recruiting. When he does, I'll commit there."