Cam McDaniel Plays Both Ways

Coppell's 2011 running back and defensive back Cam McDaniel gets overlooked in the discussion of top running backs in Texas, but McDaniel certainly should be in the discussion as one of the overall top athletes as he contributes on offense, defense, and special teams. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with McDaniel to get an update on his summer.

Cam McDaniel of Coppell has been playing varsity since the ninth grade so heading into his junior season, McDaniel is ready to explode on the national recruiting scene. McDaniel, the son of former Prosper head coach Danny McDaniel, has camped at both Notre Dame and Texas and has been a standout at both places.

"I just recently got back from Notre Dame about a week or so ago. I went and visited their campus and everything. They had one of their guys take us around and give us a tour, the Cathedral and all that, their history, which was really fun. Touchdown Jesus was pretty sweet. I got to see the stadium and everything. I got to talk to their running backs coach a little bit. He was just showing me their facilities," McDaniel told Burnt Orange Beat.

At the camp itself, McDaniel impressed the Irish coaches.

"We went through some drills there similar to the Texas camp. They said they liked me and were going to keep talking to me and they wanted me to send them some highlight films," added McDaniel.

Earlier in June, McDaniel also worked out for the University of Texas coaches.

"I went to the Texas camp as well. It was definitely fun. There was night and day difference between there and Notre Dame for sure. There were some great running backs like Aaron Green and Donovonn Young from Katy – those guys were impressive to watch going through the drills and stuff," said McDaniel.

Texas runnings back coach Major Applewhite got to get a very close look at the impressive player and he made quite an impression on McDaniel.

"Coach Applewhite is really fun to be around. He is a real high-spirited guy. I like watching him coach since I remember watching his highlight films. That guy could really play. Appletwhite seemed like he was impressed with me. He liked my footwork and stuff," noted McDaniel.

McDaniel has also played some defensive back and the Texas coaches worked him out there too.

"I got to play some DB as well. They (Texas) definitely have been watching me for that. In the past, I played a lot of DB. Last year I didn't get to do it as much but now I am getting to go both ways, so it feels good to do that," McDaniel said.

His summer camp plans may not be over just yet as he might attend a camp in Baton Rouge.

"Actually I got an email from LSU wanting me to go to their camp at the end of the month. I just don't know if I am going to get to do that. We are going to see how that works out."

McDaniel posted 397 yards rushing on 68 carries and 8 touchdowns as a sophomore. He also added 19 catches for 207 yards and two more receiving touchdowns.

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