College football teams are starting to send some envelopes to Jayden Daniels of San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon, following a record-breaking freshman season on varsity and an equally impressive spring tournament run.
The 2019 prospect said Washington, BYU and Nevada have shown interest in him through letters, with some of those schools inviting him out to future camps on the campus. He already wrote his name in the Cajon High varsity record books following a monumental debut that saw 2,694 yards, 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2015-16.
He’s proven that he can take a team of seniors and juniors and win 11 regular season games with them in shoulder pads. He then took a Rhare Breed Congo team full of underclassmen and turned them into one of the top qualifiers at different tournaments, including a top four finish at the Feb. 13 Passing Down Southern California Regional held in Fontana. Daniels credits the 7on7 experience for adding to his quarterbacking repertoire.
“I’m maturing a lot,” Daniels said. “From the eighth grade to now me going into my sophomore year, 7on7 has helped me mature more and get ready for the season, especially with spring ball coming up.”
His right arm and legs may have given varsity defenses fits and headaches, but his decision making and ability to attack the field against some of the more highly-recruited upperclassmen defenders in the state has shined a light on his growth.
Daniels shows a fearlessness when it comes to flinging the pigskin. He’s lobbed bombs and zipped passes downfield, regardless if he’s going against someone one to three years his elder. The 6-foot Daniels said the fast paced atmosphere at various tournaments influenced him to make sharper reads.
“My decision making I had to do quick because the guys [on defense] would close fast on the ball if I waited too long,” Daniels said.
He’ll be returning to a team that shared the Citrus Belt championship with Inland Empire kingpin Redlands East Valley. The Cowboys may be losing 24 seniors from a team that advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Inland Division playoffs, but the rising Daniels shared these words:
“We’ll have a great year. Keep an eye out for Cajon.”