His older brother David is a junior defensive back for the Cardinal, and his father James was one of the greatest receivers in Cardinal history, and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2003.
So it wouldn't be a surprise if Daniel ended up there.
However, the younger Lofton has little desire to end up at The Farm for his collegiate action. "To be honest, I'm looking to go someplace different. Right now, UCLA and Cal are the schools I'm hearing from the most, and I really like them both," said Lofton.
So why the Bruins and Bears in lieu of the Cardinal? "I just like both schools a lot. I've been to the Cal's campus and liked it. I was there for the Big Game this year. And I like UCLA a lot too. It's a great school. I went to some games this last year for UCLA," Lofton said.
As a junior, Lofton prepped at Poway (Calif.) High but has since moved on to Westview. His numbers in an injury-plagued season were 18 catches for 450 yards and 3 touchdowns.
"I played with an injury for a lot of the year, but my second injury kept me out," said Lofton.
He attended the Scout Army All-American combine in early January in San Antonio, and felt he fared well, though he wasn't all that pleased with his time.
"I usually run a 4.45 and I didn't run that. But I think I can get to a 4 flat by the Nike Camps," said Lofton. "Last year, at the MSL Combine, I did really well in the lifting, so I think I can put them both together for the Nike Camp. One thing few receivers do is spend time working out. They only want to work on their speed, but don't want to get any bigger. So I'm spending time getting bigger, but not too big where I lose my speed."
Lofton is now running track for Westview, and said he would like to try and do both in college if possible.
"But I know it may be hard to do with Spring Football," Lofton said.
For now, Lofton said he is going to focus on track and then the camp circuit and probably wont be making a decision about which college he'll attend until after his senior football season is done.
"I want to go through the process a little bit. I know what to expect, since my brother went through it, and my dad knows about it. I just want to wait on it, and play really well this year, and see what that holds," Lofton said.
Lofton has a 3.1 GPA and took his PSAT but hasn't received his score. He also took the ACT this past weekend.