Ely High School (Pompano Beach, FL) defensive end Brandon Daniel will take his first official visit this weekend. The 6-4, 275 pound prospect will visit Virginia Tech for the Connecticut game.
Tech, led by Defensive Line Coach Charley Wiles, is among the favorites for the talented defensive lineman.
“Coach Wiles has done a great job recruiting Brandon,” said Ely Head Coach Steve Davis. “He is going to Virginia Tech for an official visit this week, and he’s going to arrive there on Friday night. He has never been there before, but he likes Virginia Tech’s defense and their defensive line.”
Coach Davis says Daniel does not have any favorites, and will likely wait until the end to make a decision.
“Knowing Brandon, it will be around late January when he makes his decision,” said Davis. “He wants to take all of his visits. Some of the other schools he really likes are Oklahoma, Kansas State, Florida, Pittsburgh, NC State, and Miami (FL).”
Daniel plays defensive end for Ely. He’s being recruited mainly as a defensive lineman on the next level, with the ability to play inside as a tackle or outside as a defensive end.
Coach Davis says Daniel’s strength is his strength.
“He’s got long arms and great strength,” said Davis. “He’s really strong against the run. He’s having a great year for us. We are 3-0 and he has done a great job. He had shoulder surgery during the off-season but is back to 100 percent and performing well.”
All of his favorites except for Miami (FL) have offered. Daniel has set an official visit with Kansas State as well for December 19th.
Tech Looking at Safety
In addition to Daniel, the Hokies are eyeing Ely’s 6-0, 200 pound safety Deveon Harris. Virginia Tech is evaluating and has not yet offered.
“Coach Wiles asked for tape of Deveon,” said Davis. “They are looking at him pretty hard too.”
On the Gridiron
Ely defeated Deerfield Beach 32-14 last Friday in a showdown of two top programs. Coach Davis came away impressed by Deerfield signal caller Brent Schaeffer, who is one of the top quarterback prospects in the state.
“Schaeffer is a Mike Vick type of player,” said Davis. “He’s left handed, has a good arm and can move. He’s a great player.”
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