Having played D1 football at the University of South Carolina Greg Wright knows what a D1 prospect looks like. Now an assistant coach at Fairfield Central Wright says that senior prospect Raheem McDaniel definitely fits the mold as a D1 player.
Wright had this to say about McDaniel.
"He is very explosive. We have him playing defensive end and outside linebacker. He is a D1 guy. I've already talked with some of my former defensive coaches at South Carolina about him so he's going to get some looks."
McDaniel is 6'2 215 pounds and he primarily lines up at defensive end for FCHS but he projects as a linebacker on the next level. He's got adequate speed running a 4.6 second 40 yard dash.
We sat down with McDaniel to talk about his game and where things stand during his senior season. He shared with us what he feels are the biggest strengths of his game right now.
"My speed, my nose for the ball, and my ability to read plays to be in the right position I'd say."
A pair of in-state schools are recruiting McDaniel currently and he's hoping to hear from more schools down the stretch.
"I'm hearing from Newberry and South Carolina State right now. South Carolina State is probably recruiting me the hardest out of the two."
McDaniel says his goals are clear for his squad this year in hoping to win a state championship. On a personal note the 2013 prospect says he'd like to have 20 sacks and 120 or more tackles this year.
Asked to think back and give us the details of his best game on the varsity level McDaniel didn't hesitate in his response.
"We played a South Pointe in the playoffs during the 2011-2012 year, it was my first ever Upper State championship and I had 2 sacks and 17 tackles."
The game also marked McDaniel's toughest opponent ever also.
"Jadaveon Clowney of South Pointe because he was so strong and faster than me."
McDaniel has yet to take any visits but he made it clear that he's wide open to any schools that are interested in him at this point. He informed us that he'd like to major in some sort of engineering in college as well. Asked to share with us what he'll weigh the most when considering a college he had this to say.
"First education, early playing time, then conference strength."
Currently the Fairfield Central Griffins are 7-2 on the year and will face North Central (5-4) on Friday night.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...RAHEEM MCDANIEL
Bench press: 235 pounds
Squat: 365 pounds
Power clean: 275 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.6 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.1 seconds
Broad jump: 8'7"
A CLOSER LOOK...RAHEEM MCDANIEL
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite movie: Rush Hour 2
Favorite actor: Chris Tucker
Favorite subject in school: Math
Favorite video game: Madden 13
Dream school: Alabama
Dream date would be with: Beyonce
Favorite football player: Dwight Freeney
One thing about you that most people would be surprised to know: "I do community service."