DL Hoping for UM Offer

When the University of Miami coaches went into Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely last year and landed its top four prospects, it made quite an impact. One of the kids impacted was junior defensive lineman Brandon Daniel. Now at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, Daniel recalls the process.

"I remember when Andrew [Bain] told me he was going to Miami," he said, "then all of a sudden Tyrone was going, then Cyrim, then Teraz. When the coach from Miami was here I was hoping he would notice me."

Several months later, Daniel is now fully recovered from an injury that kept him out the entire spring and the first part of summer.

"I had a torn rotator's cuff," he said. "It's actually something that happened when I was in 9th grade. I played through it in 10th and 11th but I wanted to get it fixed going into my senior season."

Daniel, who also plays varsity basketball, is a full academic qualifier with a 930 SAT score. That's a big reason why he's one of the top defensive line recruits in south Florida this year.

"The recruiting process is going good," he said. "I'm not into it real deep just yet. I'm taking it slow, trying to figure out all my options."

The talented lineman has several official options right now.

"I've gotten some offers still," he said. "Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Iowa, Kansas, and Rutgers have [offered]. I'm not rushing into any decisions yet though."

One of the reasons for that is because Daniel is still hoping for an offer from the same school that signed four of his teammates in February.

"I'm real interested in UM," he said. "They're at the top but at the same time I'm open. I talked to the coach on the phone in the spring. He was talking about how they will be recruiting me and stuff. But Miami hasn't offered yet though. I guess they want to see me when I'm recovered from my injury."

Daniel, who also fielded a recruiting call from Florida in the spring, said all the schools are recruiting him as a defensive end -- except for one.

"Everyone tells me defensive end, except Miami," he said. "They are recruiting me as a defensive tackle. They're a great program. Four of my teammates are there now, they're close to home. But I'm trying to keep my options open at the same time."

Daniel attended a camp at Rutgers earlier this month. That was his first action since the surgery.

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