"We went up there two weeks ago (June 23rd), and it was really nice. It was way better than I expected. I was surprised," said Daniel. "I would say Iowa is recruiting me the hardest out of all the schools that have offered me. I really like the coaching staff there and my position coach, Coach (Darrell) Wilson. They seem to really be a tight knit family."
Scout.com's 38th-ranked linebacker nationally in 2011 posted impresive stats as a junior. His 60 tackles and two interceptions wouldn't grab the attention of many college recruiters, but doing it in the span of four games will. He missed most of his season with a ruptured spleen.
"I really want to play in as many big bowl games as I can while I'm in school. That is a major plus," said Daniel. "I want to be around play-makers on the defense, guys that can make things happen. Plus, I want to start. I don't to sit on the bench. That is not fun."
"To go from having no offers at the beginning of May to having 10 now, that's pretty cool," Daniel told TigerSportsDigest.com. "I have been hitting camps pretty hard, and everywhere I go I feel like I'm a standout performer. People are starting to take notice."
In two weeks, he will be vising childhood favorite Auburn to camp with the Tigers.
"I'm praying for an offer. I wouldn't commit on the spot, I want to wait unitl my senior season, but they would be my No. 1 definitely," said Daniel.
With a scheduled commitment months away, Iowa has a chance to keep working on the outside linebacker.
"Iowa's told me that they like the way I make plays in space," Daniel told Hawkeyeinsider in a May story. "Coach (Eric) Johnson has been recruiting me since I was a sophomore."
Daniel plans to major in business and hopes to open a restaurant one day. "I'm a chef," he said. "I can cook anything. I want to own my own restaurant, so I need to learn how to run a business." Daniel reports a 2.5 core GPA, a 13 ACT and a 710 SAT. He plans on retaking both, but hasn't scheduled them yet.