Nebraska Makes Pitch To Top Notch WR

One thing that Nebraska needs immediately is big time wide receivers. They managed to go out last year and haul in some pretty impressive players but the need remains in 2005-2006. One such player who has been offered shows the big time ability to take things to the Division 1A level. Just who is this prospect and what does he think of the Big Red?

Damon McDaniel hails from Virginia Beach, VA and is on his way to show up as a major wide receiver prospect in the upcoming recruiting year.  Standing 6' 0" and weighing in at 195 pounds, this speedster runs a 4.5 40 yard dash while bench pressing 285 pounds and squatting 320 pounds.  As a junior, he totaled 58 catches for 1,128 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air and netted another two on the ground.  McDaniel was named to the Second-Team All-League and All-District teams and currently holds offers from Syracuse, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, USC, North Carolina State, Florida, LSU and Nebraska.  He also has interest in Miami, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois while claiming no favorites.  He cites his strengths as his ability to break tackles, catching the ball in traffic and playing physical.

As McDaniel got interested in college football, there was one team he noticed that seemed to be tearing up the sport on a pretty frequent basis.  "Miami, I like the way they play and they had a good overall coaching staff.  I've followed them since I was in 8th grade," he said.  Some of McDaniel's favorite players include Ken Dorsey, Ed Reed, Jonathan Vilma, Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow, Jr.  As Damon enters his senior campaign and the newest recruiting season, he is keeping his options open, however.  One such school that has given McDaniel quite a bit of love is the University of Nebraska.  When Damon received his letter stating he has an offer available from NU, McDaniel's big league dreams seemed like they could be one step closer.  "(I liked) the fact that I could be playing with a coach that coached in the NFL before," he said.  Damon mentioned that he is looking for NFL atmosphere in his eventual school and having one is a big plus.

Nebraska has made sure to keep in close contact with Damon, as well.  "Yeah I spoke with them on the phone quite a few times and they send me mail every week," he said.  Nebraska has been sending him both handwritten and informational letters.  "They say keep up the good work in school, do well on the field.  They're asking when they can come see me, inviting me to the spring game," said McDaniel.  Damon said he would try to make it out for spring game if at all possible.  We spoke about some of the major factors going into McDaniel's eventual decision and it appears he has both his family and his education in mind.  "Most likely location, also a good business college and a college that best fit me as a receiver.  I'll go anywhere that I can (fit in)," he said.  He doesn't have any visits planned yet but he did mention he'd like to take official visits to places that he can't simply drive to.

The Cornhuskers have made sure to let Damon know they'd like to see him and when they talk to him, McDaniel can sense the energy and notes that amongst one of the reasons he likes NU. "Just the number of home attendance, the city pretty much supports football and the overall coaching staff because I've talked to most of the coaching staff and they're cool people.  They're nice guys, energized to talk to me," he said.

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