Is Tech in the Race for McDaniel?

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4-star Landstown wide receiver Damon McDaniel has two official visits lined up for the month of January and those visits will be the final ones he makes before coming to a decision. The 6-0, 195-pound standout is down to four schools at the moment as has taken official visits to two of those programs.

“I have narrowed my list,” McDaniel said. “I will choose from Florida, Miami, LSU or Virginia Tech. I have official visits left to Miami and LSU. I go to LSU on the 20th and Miami on the 27th.”

Another report indicated that Damon narrowed his list to Florida, Miami and LSU. He listed Virginia Tech here, but is Tech on the outside looking in at this point?

“I wouldn’t say they’re on the outside,” McDaniel said of Virginia Tech. “I do a lot of switching back and forth (laughs).”

Have McDaniel’s feeling about Virginia Tech changed since his official visit on the weekend of November 4th? McDaniel had a terrific experience in Blacksburg that weekend, noting the fan support and camaraderie with the players as highlights.

“My feeling about Virginia Tech has been pretty much the same” said McDaniel, who received an in-school visit yesterday from Coach Beamer and Coach Stinespring. “They have come up short in the big games. That’s had a slight effect.”

In the end, McDaniel says he will decide based on “where I think I feel the most comfortable.”

His senior season recently came to an end, with Landstown falling just short of capturing back-to-back Division 6 state titles. Despite playing much of the year with turf toe, McDaniel had a tremendous season. He finished with around 90 catches for 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns.

On the next level, McDaniel feels he has what it takes to play as a true freshman. No doubt he has the confidence coming off a super senior season.

“I do. I really do,” said McDaniel of whether or not he thinks he could play as a true freshman. “I do think I have what it takes to play right away. I’m not planning on sitting out my freshman year. I’m looking forward to working hard and earning my place on the team.”