LB Gets Letter From Coker

Johnnie Daniels is one of the top running back/linebacker prospects in Miami Dade County this year. After a strong junior season at Gulliver Prep a year ago, Daniels is now at Columbus.

"Things are going really well over here," Daniels said. "They have me playing on both sides of the ball and it looks like I'll be playing a lot more defense."

Johnnie Daniels, 6-feet and 220 pounds, currently has five scholarship offers and is on the verge of another one.

"I have them from Indiana, UCF, FIU, Ohio, and Western Michigan," he said. "West Virginia has offered but but I haven't gotten (the papers yet). I've been talking to them a lot lately and I'm probably going to commit to them real soon. My recruiting coach wants to make sure it's OK with the head coach before I commit."

Daniels, who says the Big East school is recruiting him to play on defense, talked about the Mountaineers.

"The coaches seem real cool and it's just a great place to be," he said. "It's just like Miami with Virginia Beach close by and how much talent they have up there. N.C. State is recruiting me as an athlete."

Another school has entered into the mix lately and that's the hometown Hurricanes.

"Larry Coker just wrote me a hand-written letter," he said. "He was saying how they're gonna be watching me this season and stuff like that. He came to our school in the spring and talked about recruiting me as a linebacker. They're a good team plus they produce a lot of good linebackers."

What happens if West Virginia sends its offer tomorrow and Miami offers a few weeks from now?

"I'll probably still go to West Virginia," he said. "They're at the top but right behind them is Miami."

Daniels says he has a 2.6 GPA and an 870 SAT score.

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