Update on Brandon Daniel

Brandon Daniel, a defensive end from Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely, is considered one of the better defensive linemen in South Florida. The 6-foot-4 245-pounder with 4.8 40 speed was one of the main reason why his team captured the state championship in 5A competition. A host of teams are after his services, including Pittsburgh.

"I have offers from a lot schools right now," Daniel, who had 50 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior, said. "I have offers from Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Toledo, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Michigan State."

Daniel admitted to the Pitt Insiders that he knows very little about the Panthers and he's not sure if he'll visit.

"My top teams right now are Miami and Florida," he said. "After that I don't know yet."

According to Daniel, the Pitt coaches were unable to reach him on the phone in spring.

What exactly is the South Floridian looking for in a school?

"I'm looking for some early playing time and someplace where I can get noticed," he said. "I also would like to play for a team that can compete for a national championship."

Brandon Daniel compares his game to a former Ely high school and Miami Hurricane star.

"Some people compare my pass-rushing style to Jerome," he said.

The Pompano Beach Ely standout is on track to qualify with a grade point average of 2.7 and a SAT of 930. He would like to major in sports management.

His former teammate at Ely high school, Clint Session, will be a true freshman at Pittsburgh in the fall.

Dave Peters

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