Huskies in the mix for Daley's services

A JUCO linebacker starting to see a lot of recruiting attention is Ventura's Brenden Daley (6-4, 255). caught up with the tackling-machine recently and he updated us on recruiting as well as what he loves most about playing football...

"I get after the quarterback," Daley told recently. "I love coming off the edge and getting pressure on the quarterback.

"It excites me."

Also exciting for the talented linebacker is the fact schools from across the west have begun picking up the pace on the recruiting front including Washington who appears to be favoring him over some other JUCO recruits.

"Washington likes me a lot," Daley said. "I just have to get a math class done in order to go D-1, so I'm registering for that real soon and I will take that class and then I should be good.

"I've talked to a couple of their coaches and I really like what they have to offer. They are in the Pac 10 and that's big and they have a good program up there."

In addition to the interest from Washington, Daley said several others have also made inquiries.

"Oregon State has talked to me and Cincinnati called and asked for film on me," Daley said. "Hawaii called me last week and I'm probably going to take some visits in December starting on the 4th, but I haven't set anything in stone yet."

As a freshman last fall, Daley said he played outside and used his athleticism to make plays on either side of the field, but this fall he's playing the MIK (middle), leading the Pirates in tackles with 82 while also posting 10.5 tackles-for-loss, five sacks and one interception and he noted he's fine with playing insider or outside.

"I liked playing outside because I could rush the quarterback more, but playing in the middle is cool too because you have control of things," Daley said. "Honestly, I feel comfortable playing both so it's really up to whichever school I end up at and the coaches there to decide where they want to play me."

Daley admits he hasn't always been the best student, but said he's gotten that area straightened out.

"I know what is riding on me getting qualified and since I got here, I've been focused on that area a lot," Daley said. "I'll work as hard as I have to to get qualified and stay eligible no matter where I go."

As noted earlier, Daley is on pace to finish his AA degree during winter quarter and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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