Daniels Sees Recruiting Hit Full Stride

West Hills DE Maurice Daniels (6-4, 220) has had a monster sophomore season while helping to lead his team to an 8-0 record. With his athleticism, ability to get the quarterback and non-stop motor, several schools have started to show interest and recently he hauled in his third offer. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented pass-rusher recently updated us on where things stand...

"I just got an offer from Wyoming tonight," Daniels said on Monday. "I already had offers from Fresno State and Idaho and I've got Georgia State who likes me a lot and Oregon State just started showing me some interest too."

With his quick first step and knack for getting pressure off the edge, Daniels currently leads the state of California with 13.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles-for-loss while also totaling 33 tackles, four forced fumbles and three pass breakups while helping to lead West Hills to an 8-0 record.

"We're really coming together as a team and everyone here has bought in and is playing their role," Daniels said. "I'm having a ton of fun here. It's been a great experience.

"My role is the get after the quarterback and I have a great 'get off' and my speed is good so most offensive tackles have problems containing me. I also use my hands really well and I can read things and where the ball is going and that has helped me a lot."

As a prep in Chicago, Illinois, Daniels was dominant as a player, but he was unable to qualify, so he spoke to some coaches he trusted and they advised him to go the JUCO route.

"My high school coaches had some ties here (at West Hills), so they said I should come out here, get away from things back at home and concentrate on football and school," Daniels noted. "It wasn't that hard (transitioning) here, but it took a little bit to get used to the heat, but I got over that pretty quickly."

With his size, Daniels said he's been focused on putting on good weight, getting stronger and also being more flexible so he can play multiple positions.

"Some schools, especially Fresno State, want me at linebacker as a stand-up pass rusher, so that's something I need to be ready for if I choose to go to a school," Daniels said. "I do agility drills and stretch a lot and that's helped me.

"I'm open to playing anything my (future) team needs. I'm not going to limit myself."

Daniels is on pace to finish up his academic work in May and he'll have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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