"He's a physical blocker with a big body," Britt head football coach Richard Bailey said. "He's great in camp settings – you can't watch him in a camp setting and not like him. He's physical [and] he's fast. Physically, he's everything you want in a wide receiver. We had two coaches time him [in the 40-yard dash] – now that he's healthy – the other day and a 4.49 on one watch and 4.43 on the other watch."
McDaniel's junior season was plagued with injuries. After suffering a concussion the second game of the season, he suffered a high ankle sprain during the eighth contest.
"Jalen had a good junior year for us, [but] it wasn't as good as I had hoped," Bailey said. "… I'll be honest with you, coming back from [the concussion] he played a little skittish. It took him a little while to get over it."
"It was frustrating," McDaniel said of the injuries. "I just hope I'm done with the injury bug for my senior year."
McDaniel only missed two games, but was limited for much of the season. Thus, his statistics suffered. Regardless, he bettered his sophomore season stats with 33 receptions for 529 yards and three touchdowns.
"He played in one play against Seventy-First," Bailey said. "In that one play, he caught a touchdown pass. I felt pretty smart, but then I realized he re-aggravated [the high ankle sprain]."
Clemson, East Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest offered McDaniel shortly after camping at each school last summer.
"He has never been anywhere where they were throwing footballs that he didn't get offered," Bailey said. "If he goes to your camp, you're going to offer him. He's that impressive."
McDaniel is unsure of his camp plans this coming summer. One likely destination is North Carolina.
Bailey has had conversations with UNC coaches Larry Fedora and Vic Koenning to discuss the status of a possible Tar Heel offer.
"They said they're really interested in him – it's not that they're not going to offer him," Bailey said. "But they didn't see on film explosive, big plays. So I think they want to get him in camp and take their time and evaluate him more.
"They need like four wide receivers in this class, they said. So they made it sound like there's definitely an offer coming, but as of right now there's not…. But I did tell them when they do get him in camp, they're going to want to offer him. But I told them not to wait too long."
In the meantime, McDaniel plans to attend the UNC-Duke basketball game on Wednesday and is considering the Tar Heels' Junior Day on Feb. 18.
"I'm really looking forward to the game and what the coaches have to say Wednesday," McDaniel said.
Besides his camp stops, McDaniel has visited Maryland. Coming up, he figures to attend Virginia Tech's Junior Day.
Virginia Tech, UNC, and NC State make up McDaniel's favorite schools list.
"They're all in the ACC – I love the ACC – and they're schools that are throwing the ball," McDaniel said. "I want to be somewhere that's throwing the ball."
Specifically, McDaniel is excited about the offense Fedora is bringing to UNC. It's similar to the system that Britt employs.
"Just like James Summers de-committed, I want to be somewhere that's throwing the ball," McDaniel said.
McDaniel has a cousin that played basketball for Clemson.