IN THE HUDDLE: D'Andre McDaniel

When it comes to playing the sport of football, D'Andre McDaniel is one of the best in the nation. This triple threat performer, who shines brightly in the state capitol, has watched his star rise as colleges from as far away as California have kept a close eye on this safety/receiver/return specialist!

During the summer, www.floridakids.us will bring you our IN THE HUDDLE segments with football players throughout the state of Florida.

These are similar to the evaluations we pass on to the hundreds of colleges who visit our website, call us on the phone and correspond via e-mail.

Here is another top football player to keep an eye on this season – and beyond.

PLAYER: DeAndre McDaniel
POSITION: Wide Receiver/Safety
SCHOOL: Tallahassee Godby
HEIGHT: 6-1
WEIGHT: 180
40 SPEED: 4.5 HEAD COACH: Shelton Crews.
www.floridakids Pre-Spring Ranking: 7.

For the past decade, when it comes to the top talent in Tallahassee, Coach Dave Wilson and his Lincoln High Trojans come to mind. While Lincoln is still loaded with talented. that will start to change this year as one of their crosstown rivals, Godby, is loaded with talent.

FloridaKids.us was the first website in the nation to give you a full rundown on the Cougars before spring practice, running through some of the top players on the state on the same talented roster.

While there are so many outstanding players to choose from on this team, the prospect that we will focus on today is athlete DeAndre McDaniel. He is one of the top prospects in Florida and will be hotly recruited this fall. Whichever school happens to land McDaniel will get a football player that will help to elevate that particular program!

While some have called him one of the top players in the state, others who have only watched him on film, have went as far as seeing McDaniel as a "middle of the pack" player. Our own Larry Blustein has watched him play in person, at a camp setting and on film, and has a completely different take on this physical football talent.

"D'Andre is the type of athlete you cannot judge by just watching film," Blustein said. "You need to sit there and watch him throughout the course of a game or at a camp setting to fully comprehend what kind of player he is. I have talked to five major college coaches about him, and they all believe he is a top 10 prospect in this state and one of the top 100 in the country."

McDaniel's leadership, ability to makes plays and become a physical is something you simply cannot ignore in what he brings to the football field every day in practice and each and every Friday night during the season.

STRENGTHS: When it comes to size, speed and overall athletic ability, McDaniel is one of the best prospects in Florida this year. Whether it's on offense, defense or special teams, you can expect McDaniel to make a big play.

As a receiver, he has good hands, runs solid routes and is not afraid to go across the middle a snatch the ball away from defenders. That's the physical part of his game that I simply love! While McDaniel does not have blazing speed, once in the open field he is as good as gone. It's called football speed, and simply NO combine or camp setting can teach that. It's all about FOOTBALL!!!!! Also as a receiver, he is able to get off the line of scrimmage with a clean break and get into his routes in a hurry.

On the defensive side of the ball, which is a place where I feel that he will end up because of his ability to hit like a truck, read offenses and come up and support the pass and the run, McDaniel can line up as a cornerback or safety in college. He has a knack for finding the football and taking it back the other way for a big play.

WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: Despite what some who simply don't have a grasp for evaluating talent has to say, there is not much McDaniel needs to work on as he speeds toward the next level. If he can improve his overall speed, he will be that much better of a prospect.

Like I mentioned before, McDaniel does not have sub 4.4 speed, but it won't matter because he makes up for it with his quickness, and savvy on the football field. He could also use some more time in the weightroom, which is something that Coach Crews and his staff have preached since the beginning of time.

OVERALL: What is not to like about McDaniel. At the very worst he, is a top 20 prospect in Florida, which is hard to believe that there are 20 players better

When Coach Crews called him one of the "top players in America" in the spring, you have to respect someone who knows the game and has sent a few quality athletes on to the next level.

When you can play multiple positions and do well at all of them, then college coaches will come calling. He is a great athlete and one that college coaches will have a hard time keeping off the field. Whether it's on offense, defense or special teams, McDaniel is a threat to make a big play at any time when on the field.

COLLEGES ON THE HORIZON: While Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi and USC have shown the most interest so far, look for Florida, LSU and Miami to remain in the mix as well.

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