McDaniel keeps an open mind

Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida has six players with scholarship offers from Division 1-A programs. The school's top prospect is safety/wide receiver DeAndre McDaniel (6-1, 180, 4.5) who might be the top safety recruit in the state.

Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida has six players with scholarship offers from Division 1-A programs. The school's top prospect is safety/wide receiver DeAndre McDaniel (6-1, 180, 4.5) who might be the top safety recruit in the state.

McDaniel has 20 scholarship offers, but Florida State has not offered yet.

"Coach (Mickey) Andrews has visited me and said he'll be coming for another visit again this month," McDaniel said. "I think I'll get an offer then."

Despite Florida State being the local university and his cousin, Fred Rouse, being a 2005 Seminole commit, McDaniel said he'll keep an open mind, make some official visits and take his time deciding which school to attend.

"Florida State has a good team and they've been my favorite since I was a kid," McDaniel said. "Since recruiting started, I'm going to take a good look at some other top schools like Florida, USC and Miami.

"Miami is another great city and has a great program that sends a lot of players to the NFL draft. My favorite players are Sean Taylor and Ed Reed. I like Florida and I know their depth chart isn't that good at safety and my uncle says Gainesville is a real nice city."

Although McDaniel was a 2004 first-team all-state safety and prefers to play on defense, his athleticism and abilities as a wide receiver caught USC coach Pete Carroll's attention.

"USC is the only school recruiting me as a wide receiver," said McDaniel. "They've talked to me about coming in and playing in the slot. It doesn't really matter to me if I end up playing receiver, I just want to play.

"Los Angeles is a nice city and they have a lot of fun out there. Location isn't a problem and USC is one school I will definitely visit in the fall. My family has left my decision where to go to school up to me."

Godby High's spring practices began on May 2 and McDaniel said numerous coaches showed up to watch him and his teammates work out. He said Florida State coach Mickey Andrews will visit next week, and Carroll and Trojan assistant Ken Norton Jr. plan to visit at the end of May.

McDaniel will attend summer camps at Georgia, Florida State and LSU to learn more about some of the schools recruiting him. He said he wants to attend a school with a winning football program, is in a nice city and has a good graduation rate.

Note: McDaniel plays shooting guard on the Godby basketball team and runs the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Somewhere in between, he manages to go to school.

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