"I have been talking to Coach Nord a lot and I really like him. In talking to coach Nord he is a good guy and I like him a lot," said McDaniel.
McDaniel will be visiting the Louisville campus in the coming weeks and is looking forward to the trip. In fact, McDaniel has been so impressed with the Nords' effort that he is looking at possibly making a decision soon to end his recruitment.
"I have not been a lot of places yet, but I am really looking forward to visiting Louisville in a few weeks. And if I really like what I see with the campus and the coaches I will probably commit," said McDaniel. "From what he (Coach Nord) has been telling me Louisville is a good place to be. So when I go down there that is what am looking for and if everything is cool I am going to commit."
There is a lot that McDaniel will be interested in learning about when he comes on his visit.
"One of the things that I am looking for is a chance to go in there and play early. Also am looking at the coaching staff, the facilities, and the school as a whole," said McDaniel. "The help and tutoring that is available as well. And just a well put together campus too."
McDaniel's talent is well known throughout the south and he is being recruited by some heavy-hitters.
"North Carolina State, Purdue, North Carolina, Alabama, and Auburn are the other schools that I am looking at. I have offers from everyone except Alabama and Auburn, but I have been talking to them a lot and they will probably come around soon," said McDaniel.
There is a possibility the McDaniel will also make an unofficial visit to NC State before the summer is out. If things do not workout and McDaniel wants to look elsewhere he has a plan though he doesn't necessarily think that will happen.
"If I don't commit to Louisville I will probably take all my official visits. But right now I really like Louisville and I can't wait to get down there and see everything. I just really feel like that is where I will be," said McDaniel.
Known as an athletic lineman, the 6-2 297 pound McDaniel believes he can make an impact immediately in college.
"I'm big and I am fast for my size. I am also strong and I think I have quick feet as well," said McDaniel. "I move pretty well for a big guy, so I think I have what it takes."
McDaniel believes he only needs minor tweaks to get where he needs to be to make the jump to the next level.
"I have to get better with my hands and if I can do that I will be ready. That is pretty much it and also I want to have better stamina to play all four quarters," said McDaniel.
As a student of the game Eric has grown up watching and studying some of the greats that have played his position.