After giving the state of Georgia just scant recruiting attention over the last several years, it appears NC State will make the Peach State more of a priority headed forward. Wolfpack LB coach Andy McCollum will head up State's efforts in Georgia and at least one prospect is already listing the Pack in his top five.
ATH Victor Daniels from Ware County High School in Waycross, Ga earned all-region honors and regional all-purpose player of the year. That award would appear to well justified when you consider Daniels lined up at running back, slot receiver and defensive back. As a junior he rushed 70 times for 825 yards and 25 touchdowns. On defense he collected 36 tackles, four interceptions, and had 16 pass-breakups.
At 5-8, 180 pounds, Daniels ran a solid 4.47-second 40-yard dash earlier this year at the Kennedy/CES Georgia Invitational Combine. He also recorded a 38-inch vertical jump. Although somewhat undersized, Daniels has earned attention from several schools because of his speed and athleticism. Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, NC State, Duke, Georgia, Florida and Auburn are some of the schools expressing interest. Daniels talked with Pack Pride recently and updated his top five.
"Right now, I would say my top schools are NC State, Florida, Wake Forest, Auburn and South Carolina," said Daniels. "Florida and Wake Forest seem like they send me something ot text me every day so I would say they are probably recruiting me the hardest."
As for the Pack, because of family ties in the state of North Carolina- Daniels says he is quite familiar with State's program.
"I've got family up in North Carolina so it wouldn't be nothing for me to go to school up there," he said. "I've always liked NC State and I've been able to go there for a few games with my family. They've been sending me a lot of mail and staying in touch. They wanted me to come up for junior day but I couldn't make it."
Daniels broke down a couple of his other top schools.
Florida- "I really like their offense. They run an offense that is very similar to the one we run in high school."
Wake Forest- "I really hear from the just about every day. They let me know they want me as a defensive back and they've been trying to get me up there for a visit."
Daniels says that most of the schools recruiting him like him as a cornerback at the next level. Currently, he's not planning to attend any camps over the summer.