Ely (Pompano Beach, FL) defensive end Brandon Daniel had a great official visit to NC State this weekend. It was his third of five allowed official visits.
“It went really well,” Daniel said. “I saw some things I liked while I was there, and it was a good time. I liked the facilities. They are building a new stadium which seems nice. And the people were really cool there.”
Daniel was hosted by former teammate and current Wolfpack freshman defensive end James Martin. Junior wide receiver Sterling Hicks is another former Ely player.
While he enjoyed the entire trip, Daniel recognized one specific highlight from his time.
“The highlight of the visit was that we had jerseys with our names on them,” Daniel said. “We put on the jerseys and the NC State helmet, and ran out of the tunnel onto the field. The smoke was going and everything. They introduced each recruit one by one, and it was fun.”
The 6-4, 270 pound blue-chipper had visited Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh previously on official visits. Virginia Tech had been the leader heading into this weekend. The Hokies remain at the top of his list, although they are now joined by NC State.
“I liked my NC State and Virginia Tech visits better than Pittsburgh,” Daniel said. “The two trips were pretty close. I would put NC State and Virginia Tech even right now as my favorites. I felt comfortable around both of them. The coaches are similar at both schools.”
Next up for Daniel is an official visit to Kansas State on December 19th. Florida will receive his fifth and final visit.
“I’m going to Kansas State on December 19th and Florida on January 9th, but I might want to take the Florida one earlier…maybe this weekend,” Daniel said. “I’m going to go to the best place for me, and I’ll decide based on where I feel the most comfortable. Location doesn’t matter. I’m sure my family would want me to stay close to home, but I don’t think location will matter. I just want to choose the best place for me.”
All five of Daniel’s finalists have extended written scholarship offers. Daniel has in-home visits with Florida and Pittsburgh this week, though it seems like the Panthers may be on the outside looking in at this point.
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