Daniels Doing His Part

While lots of other top high school football prospects are getting besieged with people trying to reach out to them, Darrell Daniels doesn't get a lot of phone calls nowadays. But that's just fine to the 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete from Freedom High School in Oakley, Calif. because the recruiting process has become a mere formality for him now.

"Recruiting slowed down a lot," Daniels told Dawgman.com Monday night. "I don't get that many phone calls, that many interviews since I committed. But I just had a home visit a couple of days ago, as a matter of fact. It was coach Dougherty who came by, Jimmie Dougherty. We had a good talk, a good time. He expects me to come out and play early, be ready to play."

Getting on the field in 2013 is definitely a goal of Daniels. "I want to do whatever I can to help the team win and be successful," he said. It didn't hurt that true frosh like Jaydon Mickens and Kendyl Taylor played a sizable role in Washington's offense this past season. "I liked it a lot, seeing that they could get on the field and play," he added. "I feel like I can get out there and play too, so seeing that was just a bonus."

Daniels did a little bit of everything for the Falcons this past season, playing both ways before an MCL sprain toward the end of the season limited Daniels' play to just offense. "I'm 100 percent now. I'm not hurt," he said. "Things went good. I had a great season. We made to the second round of the playoffs and lost to James Logan (33-18). Overall we had a good season."

According to Daniels, he had 22 touchdowns and 54 catches for 947 yards receiving, as well as 40 carries for 332 yards on the ground. On defense he had 38 tackles, two interceptions and 1.5 sacks. "I got MVP of the league, first team offense and put together a good senior season," he said.

So how what's in Daniels' plans? "I've got some footwork stuff, some off-season training," he said. No basketball? "I just watch basketball now. I played until my sophomore year, but after that I said forget it. I'm just playing football now."

Despite the fact that the recruiting process is basically over for Daniels, he still has some final pieces he needs to take care of, including an official visit to Washington. "I'm not sure…probably in December because I have to take my SAT's," he said when asked when he plans on visiting UW. "I'm taking it January 26th. I already took one; I just want to take another."

Daniels added that if he was to take other official visits they would be to UCLA and Arizona State, but he has no dates set. "I might do it just to get out and go," he said.

Typically the recruiting process now is a matter of Daniels convincing others to join him next summer at Montlake. "I'm trying to get everyone to be a Dawg!" he said. "I have my running back on my team - Joe Mixon. They offered him, and I'm always in his mind trying to get him."

And Daniels' recruiting pitch? "I tell him it's great to be a Dawg. That's all I have to say to him," he said.

One player he doesn't have to convince is Narbonne quarterback Troy Williams. Even though the two haven't met - he said the only UW committed players he knows so far in person are Demorea Stringfellow and Elijah Qualls - Daniels understands the nature of the quarterback-receiver relationship as well as anyone. And there's no time like the present to start working on that Williams-Daniels connection, one UW fans should hope shows up a lot on Saturdays for years to come.

"We've developed a good friendship," Daniels said. "We keep in touch and check up on each other. You know…quarterbacks and receivers have to get that bond! (laughs)"

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