Standout DT Says UM's His Favorite

This tremendously talented defensive tackle prospect is considered one of the best around. And right now, he's favoring the Hurricanes over some in-state schools.

Considering the fact the University of Miami doesn't have a single player on its roster from the state of Mississippi, it makes Vicksburg (Miss) standout defensive tackle Johnny Daniels look like a very impressive prospect.

At 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, Daniels began his football career three years ago.

"When I started out in ninth grade, I played fullback and defensive end," Daniels – who carries a 2.3 GPA – told me.

Daniels is an impressive athlete, as he also competes in track and weightlifting. He threw the shot put 48 feet as a junior.

"Last month, I talked with Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Alabama, and a few others," he said. Daniels does not yet have any scholarship offers.

"Miami's on top of my list right now," he said. "They're my favorite so far. Then I'd say it's Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Ole Miss."

Daniels talked about what he liked about the Hurricanes.

"I like Miami a whole lot," he said. "I like their whole situation. It's a great program and they're always winning. They said I'm on their recruiting list and they'll be calling again in September, which is the next time they're able to call."

Daniels said he plans on taking his visits before making a decision.

"I'm leaning to Miami for now, but I want to take my visits and make sure," he said. "Plus it will depend on who offers me too."

Daniels said he has one major goal on his mind right now.

"Winning the state title is the No. 1 goal on my mind and everyone else's mind around here and I'm really looking forward to the start of the season."

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