Daniels Inks With New Mexico

Over the past two seasons, West Hills DE Maurice Daniels (6-4, 225) has been one of the top JUCO pass-rushers in the country. With his talent and productivity, schools have been after the talented prospect with offers and visits and this weekend he finally made his choice...

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Maurice Daniels
West Hills (Calif.)
  • DE
  • 6'4"
  • 225

"I committed to New Mexico," Daniels told JCFootball.com. "I just knew I could tear up the Mountain West and I knew the coaches there care about the players.

"The coaches were in shock and very happy."

Daniels chose the Lobos over offers from Arizona State, Fresno State, Georgia State, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming.

As a sophomore this past fall, Daniels finished with the most sacks in the state of California, posting 19.5 sacks to go along with 28.5 tackles-for-loss, 54 tackles and five forced fumbles.

"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," Daniels said earlier this year. "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."

Academically, Daniels is hard at work getting in 24 credits so he can leave this spring.

He will have three years to play two starting this fall.

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