April 29, 2010

Sleeper DE lands his first two offers

LaGrange, Ga. defensive end Javonte Daniel knows how to take advantage of his opportunities. Last season as a junior, Daniel took advantage of every opportunity he had while playing defensive end. Though he didn't start, Daniel still managed to rack up 70 tackles, three sacks, six tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries. Now Daniel is picking up more opportunities to take advantage of.

When Daniel was in the game, his play made an impact. Now that his film is beginning to get distributed, that is making an impact as well with offer from East Carolina and more recently Arkansas.

"East Carolina offered me last week and Arkansas offered me on yesterday," Daniel said on Wednesday evening.

The East Carolina offer took Daniel completely off guard.

"I was just surprised because I haven't heard from them and I haven't had a letter and haven't talked to the coaches or anything," he said. "I was just surprised."

The Arkansas offer was equally surprising.

"That was over email," he said of his Razorback offer. "They emailed me and they said that the coaches really liked me and he asked me how everything was going and I told him about spring football and said East Carolina offered. He said that you're about to get your second offer because he was printing it off right then and was about to send it."

Though Daniel doesn't know much about either program, he is certainly interested, particularly in Arkansas.

"I know that Arkansas is in the SEC, it's a big school and they're a pretty good team and they send a lot of players to the NFL so I like them from the start," he said.

The interest likely won't stop with those two offers. Clearly his film shows plenty for coaches to be excited about.

"Everything is just new to me because a month ago I was getting a couple letters a month then I sent out my highlight tape and now all this is happening," he said.

Along with his two offers, Daniel has heard from Boise State, Duke, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Florida State and more. He hopes to camp at several schools this summer. He has a Georgia Tech camp booked and also hopes to get to Auburn and possibly Clemson, South Carolina and Duke.

"I just want to prove myself and I just want to show everybody that I'm as big a player and person as I'm projected as," he said. "I just go out there and work hard and do my best."


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