Stock On The Rise?

A player who opened some eyes at yesterday's camp at OSU was Columbus Marion-Franklin athlete Alex Daniels. The Buckeyes have been watching Daniels for some time though, and he could soon find that plenty of other schools are watching as well.

There's always a player whose stock shoots through the roof after fine camp performances. Yesterday at OSU, ATH Alex Daniels of Columbus Marion-Franklin put his name at the front of the list of players to watch this spring.

"I ran a 4.48 and a 4.51 at 6-2 1/2, 225," he said. "I intend to be running in the 4.3s by the time I arrive in college. I got a personal trainer, I'm working hard, I think I can get it done."

People were impressed with the combination of size and speed Daniels brought.

"I took my shirt off and people could not believe how big I was," he said.

Alex used the camp as a stepping stone to improvement.

"It was a great experience," he said. "There were some things done there that I need to work on, some drills they put us through. If I get better at them, I know I'll be a better football player."

Alex also had a chance to check out OSU practice, and he said the Buckeyes are very much interested.

"Yeah, I went over to Ohio State practice," he said. "Coach Fickell talked to me... Ohio State is recruiting me hard. The chances are good if I pass my test, I'll get an offer.

"I have been working really hard on my test score. I will take it again in June. I feel confident I will get the score I need." 

Daniels can do a bit of everything on the football field, and he's definitely leaving his options open as far as what position he'll play in college.

"I'll play linebacker, I'll play anywhere," he said. "Nobody's really looking for a back as big as me. I'll play tight end. I just want to get on the field as a freshman, even if it's just on special teams."

When it comes to colleges, Alex has his eyes towards the programs that have recently taken home national championships.

"Ohio State's always been my favorite, but I still want to look around and see where I fit in best," he said. "I want to hear from USC and LSU."

It will be interesting to see what Alex Daniels does from here. His next two camp stops will come over the next few weeks.

"I'm going to the Adidas Elite Camp at Notre Dame," he said. "That will be next, and then I'm going to MSL."

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