December 15, 2011
Ohio State offers elite junior DE
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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer continues to put the full court press on some of the top defensive linemen in the nation. On Thursday evening, the latest elite defensive end to receive an offer from the Buckeyes was Avon (Ind.) junior Elijah Daniel. The 6-foot-3, 254-pound prospect is one of the top junior prospects in the Midwest.
"I contacted coach Meyer and he told me I had an offer," said Daniel. "It was surprising, man. Ohio State is a school that I'm interested in. They always have good athletes that go onto the NFL."
Daniel also had positive things to say about Meyer and says the conversation between the two went well.
"Coach Meyer is a real good coach," he said. "I looked at his win/loss ratio and it's real good. Our conversation was really good, too. He was saying he was real interested in recruiting me and he can't wait to come down and see me and he wants me to be a Buckeye."
In the last six weeks, Ohio State has landed verbal commitments from two of the nation's premier defensive ends in Adolphus Washington and Se'von Pittman. Daniel said that the depth charts won't factor heavily into his decision.
"I'm not worried about that at all," Daniel said. "If you're a player, you're going to show it, regardless of who comes in with recruiting."
Daniel added that he hopes to make a stop in Columbus at some point during the off-season.
"Oh yeah, I'm going to get up there," he said. "I'm going to keep in touch with coach Meyer and try to see when the best fit is for me to come out there."
Ohio State joins an ever-growing list of big-time programs to offer the ultra-talented pass-rusher.
"I've got offers from Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Iowa, Marshall, Purdue, and Indiana," he said. "It's real exciting. I never would have imagined getting these kind of offers, I've been blessed."
Another Big Ten program will likely be joining the fray soon as Daniel plans to make an unofficial visit to East Lansing over the weekend.
"I'm actually going up to Michigan State on Saturday for a junior day," he said. "They haven't offered yet. They're a real good defensive oriented program and they've come a long way since I've been watching them. I actually know Isaiah Lewis, the DB for Michigan State. I just want to see if I can fit in there and feel like I can play there."
During the college football season, Daniel made unofficial visits to Florida, Alabama, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Indiana.
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