For the first time in Daniel’s entire recruitment, things were heating up – and in a hurry.
Headed home after a four-day camp at LSU, Daniel isn’t toting a Tiger offer, though he doesn’t appear to be sweating the waiting game.
“To go from having no offers at the beginning of May to having 10 now, that’s pretty cool,” Daniel said. “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.”
After being named one of the top performers at the Nike Football Training Camp in Tuscaloosa, Ala. last month, Daniel’s Baton Rouge stop became the next page in a recruiting story that becomes more intriguing with the passing weeks.
“All the LSU coaches told me they wanted me to come down and be about business, and after I finished up (defensive coordinator) coach (John) Chavis told me that I did an exceptional job with everything,” Daniel said. “He said that I proved a lot. It seemed like they really liked me.”
And as for the possibility of a scholarship offer?
“Coach Chavis said that once camp finished up they would get together later in the week and do some more evaluating, and from there they would be in contact,” Daniel said. “I’m hoping that an offer comes out of all this. It would definitely be my biggest (scholarship).”
On his first trip to Baton Rouge, the Tuscaloosa-native, who recently moved to Indiana, said that the campus impressed him enough to become his future home.
“If LSU offered I would definitely think about going ahead and committing, especially after seeing what Baton Rouge was all about,” Daniel said. “The football facilities are all top notch. I was impressed at the indoor field, the weight room was really nice, and the stadium itself was amazing.
“We were riding on the bus to lunch one day, and when we pulled by the stadium I just envisioned myself playing there with all those people. LSU definitely made that lasting impression on me.”
Headed to Starkville, Miss. this weekend before returning home to Avon, Daniel hopes that he can add at least one Southeastern Conference offer to his resume before ending his June tours.
“Right now I’m just glad I came down to Baton Rouge. It was a long trip, but it helped me feel confident that LSU belongs at the top of my wish list.”