Daley was named UM Camp's Top RB

When you talk about football in Kissimmee, most people think of Osceola. Roger Daley is trying to change that.

Across town, Gateway High School is where Daley does his thing.

At 5-foot-8 and 181 pounds, Daley is a workhorse for Coach Benson's Panthers.

"Roger loves to run the football. The more touches he gets, the better off he is," he said. "We're going to try to spread the ball around a lot more this season, and all that means is Roger will be able to help us in more ways."

Daley rushed for 1,534 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior last season despite playing part of the year with a sprained ankle.

"I know if I just keep playing hard and help our team win, the yards will come," Daley said.

The standout runner attended the UM summer camp last month and had a very successful trip.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "We learned a lot from the Miami coaches. They taught us a lot of the little stuff that people sometimes dont think about, like the proper techniques and stuff like that. I got to meet Coach Coker. I really enjoyed the whole camp."

Daley isn't a speed burner, but he's fast enough. On a wet grass at Miami's camp, Daley ran a 4.56, just .04 seconds slower than the state's best prospect, Devin Aromashodu.

"Roger is just a great football player," his coach said. "This is my first year coaching here, but it didn't take me long to realize how special a player and kid he is."

At a school that usually doesn't attract several of the nation's elite programs during spring football, Daley changed that this past May.

"We had all the big time programs come through here," his coach said. "Miami, Florida State, Florida, they were all here."

Daley, who carries a 3.0 GPA inside the classroom, is still waiting for his first scholarship offer.

"I don't have any offers yet, but my favorite schools are Miami, Texas A & M, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina," he said.

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