North Carolina DE/LB talks UK offer

Three-star North Carolina defensive end Kengera Daniel picked up scholarship offers from Kentucky and Tennessee on Thursday and could see his stock start to rise in the recruiting rankings.

Three-star North Carolina defensive end Kengera Daniel picked up scholarship offers from Kentucky and Tennessee on Thursday and could see his stock start to rise in the recruiting rankings.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound junior from Millbrook High School now holds 10 major offers, including programs like Ohio State, Clemson and Florida State.

His UK offer came as something of a surprise.

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"I wasn't really expecting coach (Craig) Naivar to show up at my school at all," he said. "My head coach sent me a text message telling me coach Naivar was here to see me and to come down to his office. Coach Naivar told me he really liked me as a player and as a person off the field.

"When he offered me scholarship to Kentucky, I was was surprised. I told him, I'd definitely be visiting Kentucky sometime soon. I'm probably going to visit Kentucky and Tennessee in the next month or two.

According to Daniel, the UK staff sees him in a similar role that has been played by current Cats Bud Dupree and Jason Hatcher.

"Shortly after he offered me, he told me how the defensive scheme is used and where they would use me in their defense," Daniel said. "The Kentucky staff sees me as hybrid D-End/linebacker when they use the 4-3 or 3-4 defensive schemes. I think I could fit in their defensive schemes with either my hand down in a three point stance or in a two-point stance and dropping back."

Daniel finished a great junior season with 85 tackles, 42 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and one interception.


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