It did not take long for three-star Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay running back B.J. Daniels to move on his latest offer. Just days after picking up an offer from Syracuse, Daniels verbally committed to Dino Babers, Mike Hart and the Orange.
"I see a great opportunity for me as a young back with a coach like Mike Hart," Daniels said. "I think I have an opportunity to make an impact early if I can do what I'm supposed to do. Also, a majority of my family resides in New York so the state has always been a home away from home."
That family would be on his mother's side, who reside in Brooklyn. Distance from home, as a result, was not a concern for Daniels.
Daniels is a 6-foot-2, 208-pound power running back who excels between the tackles. He fits the mold of what Babers wants in his running backs. In addition to being a strong, physical runner, Daniels flashes some wiggle in the open field and is able to use his quick feet to change direction without losing speed.
"(Syracuse fans) should expect an explosive, hard working young back," Daniels said.
Syracuse originally extended the offer last Wednesday after coach Hart visited Daniels' school. He had been on Hart's radar for some time. That relationship was a key factor in his decision.
"I was starting to build a good relationship with coach (Hart) and it just felt good to me," Daniels said. "I've got a lot of family in New York. New York is no stranger to me. I've been going there for years. I just felt like it was a great opportunity and it's a place I can excel."
Daniels says he is taking his official visit sometime in January, but is working on locking down the exact date.
The three-star back chose Syracuse over offers from South Florida, Maryland, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and South Alabama. He is Syracuse's third running back in the 2017 class joining Allen Stritzinger and Markenzy Pierre. Daniels is Syracuse's 20th commitment overall.