Focus 2011: Davaris Daniels

With tomorrow being September 1, the first day college coaches can extend an official scholarship offer to high school juniors, Badger Nation profiles four junior athletes that have garnered some early Wisconsin interest. Although his dad makes a living terrorizing NFL quarterbacks, DaVaris Daniels hopes to become a secondary's worst nightmare.

MADISON – Although his father has made a living off of terrorizing NFL quarterbacks, DaVaris Daniels has his sights set on being a signal caller's best friend.

Since moving up to the varsity squad midway through his freshman season, Daniels has quickly become one of the top targets in the Class of 2011 with the ability to prosper at multiple positions.

One of the top athletes in the Midwest and the best at Vernon Hills (Ill.) High School, Daniels (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) plays quarterback, wide receiver and free safety with great athleticism, speed and with a knack for making plays.

"My freshman year was all right, but it took me awhile to learn the speed of the game and the physicality of it," Daniels told Badger Nation. "Early on, I didn't expect it. I was just trying to see what the game was like on varsity. Now the game has come second hand, almost like a natural process I guess. It's just like another thing."

The son of Washington Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels, the younger Daniels playing a half of season on the varsity level freshman year before starting his sophomore season on the same level.

Possessing solid body control and timing, Daniels can use his size to make the tough catches in traffic and uses his 4.48 40-speed to make defenders miss after the catch. There is little doubt that he will be one of if not the top wide receiver in next year's class and schools are already lining up to pursue him.

"So far it's been a lot of fun," Daniels said, "just going through this experience of all these colleges wanting to talk to you, sending you letters and taking the time."

With schools needing to wait until September 1 to officially offer a high school junior, Daniels has been told by a lot of schools to expect an offer in the mailbox come tomorrow.

Throughout the summer, Daniels has been hearing from tons of schools around the country, as Illinois. Iowa, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin have all been in contact.

"A lot of southern schools have been recruiting me so far along with some schools around the Midwest," Daniels said. "A bunch of schools said I can expect an offer September 1. A couple in the Big Ten that have sent me letters, but I really don't know a lot about the Big Ten. To be honest, I couldn't name all the teams in the Big Ten."

Understandably so, since Daniels, mainly because of his father, grew up paying attention to the SEC. Watching his dad play for Georgia, the Bulldog name was very prominent in Daniels' life growing up.

"Georgia is a big name in my vocabulary, ever since I was a little kid," Daniels said. "Just watching them and noticing the Auburns, the Tennessees, the Kentuckys and all those places. I like Florida, too. Even though it's a big rivalry, you just can't pick one side or the other. I like the atmosphere from the south."

Although he has a love for the south, Daniels isn't about to shortchange any school because of location. Being told stories from his father about what different parts of the country has to offer, not to mention already surviving the recruiting process once before, Daniels is planning on looking at a lot of different schools, especially those he knows nothing about.

"(My dad has) been through it before and he told me to keep an open head about everything," Daniels said. "He told me don't focus on one team or one school. He said I should keep my mind open because I don't know what else is out there and he's right. That's what I am going to do."

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