Daniel stops by Rocky Top

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Tennessee is fresh off one of its more impressive Saturday afternoons in terms of unofficial visitors venturing to Neyland Stadium to get a taste of what it would be like to be a Volunteer.

Nestled on the interior of a prospect-laden Section T was four-star Elijah Daniel, who is Scout.com's fifth-ranked defensive end in the country out of Avon (Ind.) High School.

Sandwiched around working with the Volunteers for the Orange & White game, the Tennessee coaches made sure they showed Daniel some love.

"Today, I started out at the coaches' offices. I talked to coach (Derek) Dooley, (defensive line) coach (John) Palermo, coach Sal (Sunseri), the offensive line coach and some others," Daniel told InsideTennessee. "I was impressed with how they run things and the way they do stuff as far as teaching players technique. They do some stuff I've never seen before."

That's a bold statement for a well-traveled prospect that's been to see Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Michigan, Notre Dame and Purdue.

The 6-foot-3, 252-pound lineman has seen the recruiting process closely before after watching his older brother Montez Robinson commit to Georgia as a defensive end in 2009. Daniel claims to have picked up some lessons from watching his brother deal with suitors.

"Everybody wants to be the best, so I have to make good decisions, make good enough grades and work decent every day," Daniel said, "I'm probably going to wait until after the season and sit down with my family before I make the decision on where I want to go."

Daniel said he has one most important requirement for any school that is hoping to sign him.

"I have told everybody, I want to know they have my back and I have their back."

Scout.com national analyst Allen Trieu dubbed Daniel as a "fantastic athlete who explodes off the ball" and shows good strength.

Daniel was tabled Class 5A All-State both of the last two seasons by the Indiana Football Coaches Association. In 2011, he earned honorable mention all-state honors by the Associated Press.

His sophomore season, Daniel racked up 55 tackles, 10 TFLs and five sacks.


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