Marion-Franklin Standout Getting Attention

There are a couple fine recruits to keep an eye on this year at Marion-Franklin High School in Columbus, one of whom is ATH Alex Daniels, who is getting attention from some big-time programs.

Columbus is home to some fine prospects this year, one of which is Marion-Franklin's Alex Daniels. Daniels is an excellent athlete, one that is getting recruited in two sports.

"Is this about basketball or football?" he asked at the beginning of the conversation. "I'm getting recruited in basketball, but not as heavily as I am in football."

The 6-3, 220 pound Daniels can play multiple positions, and different colleges are recruiting him at different areas.

"Strong safety, defensive end, wide receiver, and running back," are the positions Daniels said he's getting recruited for. "Everyone's just recruiting me as an athlete really, but those are the ones that they've said."

To Daniels though, it doesn't matter where he plays.

"I really don't care," he said. "I will play anywhere that gets me on the field. I play strong safety and running back in high school."

Some of the schools recruiting Daniels include Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Texas, and Iowa. He'll be attending camps at a few of those places.

"Florida, Texas and Ohio State camps for sure," he said. "I don't know about any others."

Daniels also plans on attending the Nike Camp in Columbus and is interested in hearing from two other top programs in particular.

"I'd like to hear from USC and Oklahoma," he said. "I always wanted Ohio State, but I still just want to look around a bit, see if it's the right fit for me."

Alex ran for 800 rushing yards last year with 8 TDs and had 72 tackles and 1 TD on defense.

"I picked up a fumble and ran it back," he said.

His speed is impressive enough at 4.5, but he feels he can make it better.

"I ran a 4.5 officially, but I know I can run a 4.4," he said. "I'm working hard on it now with a trainer."

In addition to speed, Alex is working on getting his score up so he can make a decision.

"I'd like to make a decision before the season but it depends on my test in April," he said. "I'm working on getting my score up. I've got a 3.2 core."

Daniels, who wants to major in either Sports and Leisure or Early Childhood Development, says being close to his family as well as what the school has to offer will be important factors in making his decision.

"The tradition of the school, the community," he said. "Football's not forever. I'm thinking about after college."

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