Warren, OH (WYTV)- Warren Harding center James Daniels decided to continue his football career at the University of Iowa Thursday. Daniels picked the Hawkeyes over Ohio State and Alabama.
“I didn’t tell any of teammates that it was Iowa,” said Daniels. “And so they were asking me like all today, all day yesterday, this week, who is it going to be? So when I picked [the hat] up I was excited.”
Daniels will join his older brother, Leshun, who played six games as a freshman last year for head coach Kirk Ferentz.
“The education factor, that’s the most important factor,” he said. “So it’s pretty much even in all three, but Iowa, I felt more comfortable around the coaches with them, than any other school.”
Standing 6 foot 3, 285 pounds, Daniels has the raw and physical attributes to be special on the offensive line.
“[He has] unlimited, untapped potential,” said Warren Harding head coach Steve Arnold. “I mean, number one, he has a very high football IQ. Secondly, he’s just a good football player…moves well, long arms, punishing blocker.”
Daniels plans on enrolling early at Iowa next spring, but right now, he’s focused on his final year with the Raiders.
“Last year we didn’t do very good,” he said. “We went 4-5 last year and so this year we’re really trying to bounce back and have a really strong season.”