So much so Daniels believes a scholarship offer could be close.
"It's getting real serious with them right now,'' Daniels said. "I think I might be going this Saturday (to the Texas Southern game). We have our homecoming day on Saturday, so if I can take care of my stuff early, I'll go to the game.
"They told me to bare with them and be patient.''
Rutgers and Louisville are recruiting the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Daniels as an outside linebacker/defensive end while UConn and James Madison are looking at him as a running back. He has rushed 62 times for 354 yards and three touchdowns. He also has 27 tackles for the Tartans (2-2).
"My preference? I really don't have one,'' Daniels said. "If they said it was up to me, I'd play running back because that's my primary position.
"Rutgers is the only one that is real high. The others are in the beginning stages, contacting me for the first time and getting to know me.''
Family loyalty is working in Rutgers' favor. Daniel's father, Michael, is a former Scarlet Knights baseball player and also graduated from Rutgers Law School.
"That's what makes Rutgers probably at the top of my list,'' Daniles said. "He's in my ear every day telling me how great the school is, how great the academics are, and about the school. He's so proud.
"My dad went to Rutgers Law School and graduated, and tells me how great it is, and I want to go to law school. When he heard Rutgers was recruiting me, he was all excited.''
A Rutgers assistant coach attended Highland's game last week, and Daniels said he had a tremendous conversation with the coaching staff Wednesday.
"I like that they are a very disciplined program,'' Daniels said. "Things go smooth up there. I worked with some of coaches at camp in the summer, and I like the way they worked with kids in detail. That is what caught my attention the most.''