Daniel Leads Ely Into Playoffs

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Ely (Pompano Beach, FL) defensive end Brandon Daniel feels he could have played better this season. Judging by his statistics, he played pretty well. He finished the regular season with 9 1/2 sacks despite facing constant double teams throughout the year.

He feels the challenges he met this season will help him on the next level.

“I could have played better this season,” said Daniel. “I faced a lot of double teams this year. I think that will help me a lot next year, though, when I only have to go against one person.”

Daniel has a chance to feel better about his season, as he leads Ely into the first round of the Class 6A playoffs this Friday versus Palm Beach Lakes HS. Ely finished the regular season with a 9-1 record, capping it with a 33-0 victory over arch-rival Dilliard High School in last week’s Soul Bowl.

Off the field, Daniel is doing well narrowing his list of schools. He has almost filled out his five official visits.

“I’m going to Pitt [for an official visit] at the end of the month (November 29th),” said Daniel. “Then I’m going to NC State on December 6th, and Kansas State is on December 19th. For my last visit, I’m considering Florida, Miami (FL), Ohio State, and Michigan State. I’m still looking at my last visit.”

Daniel’s first official visit was to Virginia Tech on September 27th. The Hokies made an excellent impression on him and he continues to be one of their top targets.

“Actually, I just got off the phone with Coach [Charley] Wiles,” said Daniel. “He was talking to me about the Pittsburgh game. He said they played as hard as they could, they just didn’t come out on top.

“When I went to Virginia Tech, I really liked the people. Even though I was there for two days, I felt comfortable…like I’d been there for a long time. The players felt like my teammates there.”

Daniel indicated the Hokies are at the top of his list, but says he will make all five official visits before deciding.

“Virginia Tech stands out right now, but they are the only school I’ve seen,” said Daniel. “I don’t have any favorites with the other schools. I plan on taking all of my visits. After I’m finished, I’m going to sit down and think about how everything was. I don’t want to rush anything and make a mistake.”

Of the schools he is considering, only