One of the very earliest receiving targets brought to our collective recruiting consciousness was Quintin Daniels from Loyola High School in Los Angeles. And though his junior year performances earned him accolades and early attention from college coaches and recruiting services, his hamstring has not been very cooperative for his success this year. Daniels was unable to participate in the LA Nike Camp last April because of the sore hamstring, and again could not make a go of it the next month at the Palo Alto Nike Camp. Early this season for Loyola, Daniels was still hampered with the hamstring injury and missed the first couple games of the season. Not only did the six-foot speedster delay his chance to shine his senior season, but also he delayed opportunities that the Stanford coaches needed to see him play and evaluate for a scholarship offer.
A little less than a month ago, Stanford came through with that much anticipated offer, and it had an impact on Daniels. "I was excited," he says in reflection, "very thankful they would want me."
That excitement has been parlayed into a leading position for the Cardinal, according to Daniels. "Stanford is number one for me, and after that it's a mix," he explains. The schools in that "mix" are Oregon, USC, Washington, UCLA and Cal. Arizona State is also showing interest in the Loyola speedster, though he does not include them in his top six. All his favorites have offered, with the exception of the Trojans.
His first official visit will come next weekend as he checks out the Huskies up in Seattle. The next visit will bring him to The Farm to visit his favored Cardinal on January 10. Daniels also has a trip set to Berkeley the following weekend, but says his eyes are firmly set on the trip to Stanford.
"I want to make sure Stanford is the place for me," he says, "and that is why I am looking forward to that official visit."
Daniels also just recently completed his Stanford application, sending it to Palo Alto on Wednesday. He says he is not sure if his teachers have sent in their recommendations yet or not, which are necessary to start the clock on his review. He currently carries a 3.3 GPA at Loyola and has scored a 1150 on the SAT.
Though Daniels made his name and put his mark on the West Coast recruiting scene last year as a receiver, the Loyola offense has primarily run the ball this year. The passing opportunities have been scant, mostly coming off play-action. Says Daniels of the offense, "It can be frustrating when the run is not working. Too many times we just keep running until it's third and long, and then everybody knows we're going to pass." But the resourceful Loyola senior has found another way to shine on the field this fall - on defense. He has received much acclaim for his performance at free safety this season, recording seven interceptions and showing some natural talent. When asked why he has been able to have this success on defense, an honest Daniels responds, "I couldn't really begin to tell you."
Loyola has concluded their season with a 8-4 record, ending on a sour note with a lopsided 31-7 loss to Los Alamitos in the CIF Division I semifinal game. Though in the prior game, Daniels had a standout performance with 107 receiving yards on four catches, as well as two interceptions. Even though his Loyola season is done, he has at least one more high school pigskin performance remaining, as he has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game in San Antonio, TX on January 25.
Greg Biggins of PacWestFootball has ranked Daniels the #13 wideout out West, and TheInsiders recruiting writers have tabbed him the #36 receiver in the country.