David Daniel remembers the first impact play he had for Woodstock to begin his sophomore season.
The Wolverines were playing North Cobb, and to this day, the play is viewed as Daniel’s personal favorite.
“It was the very first play of the game, and I had a pick-six,” he said. “That set everything off for me in my sophomore year, just showing everyone I’m not going to be a bust. I’m not going to back down from any competition.”
Daniel moved to Woodstock from Miami while in the eighth grade. He said he did not know much about Woodstock’s program, but two specific players — two-way standouts Louis Hall and Noah Frith — caught his attention.
From that moment, Daniel believed Woodstock was the school for him.
“They were very underrated. I enjoyed watching them play,” Daniel said. “I was like, ‘Oh, this team could be something within the next few years.’”
Now, Daniel could be having that same influence on future Woodstock standouts. He is rated as the No. 4 athlete in the 2021 recruiting class, per the 247Sports Composite rankings, and he is committed to Georgia.
Daniel chose the Bulldogs over numerous other Football Bowl Subdivision programs, including Alabama, Florida, LSU and Ohio State.
Daniel is the do-it-all player for Woodstock, whether that be ,
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Daniel said he models his game after former Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, who was notorious for being one of the more physical safeties in the NFL during his career. To Budde, that is a perfect example, and one that reminded him of one of the earliest memories he has of Daniel on the field.
“We were doing 7-on-7s one day when he was a freshman. (The freshman team) was going against the JV, but I was watching the varsity on the field. All of a sudden, I hear this big hit, and I turned around, and it’s David coming off the ground after he tackled someone,” Budde said. “He is aggressive. He’s a ball-hawker, and he’s going to come downhill and not be afraid to tackle you.”
Daniel’s physicality is also recognized by coaches who have yet to play him. Sequoyah coach James Teter has already started to prepare for Daniel, as the Chiefs open the season against Woodstock on Friday.
“If they decide to put him in the box, then we’ll have to account for him,” Teter said, “because he’s a pretty physical kid from what I can remember from last spring.”
Because Woodstock is dealing with depth issues, Daniel will have an increased load to manage through his final season. After a 2019 season in which the Wolverines scored more than 24 points only once, Budde said Daniel will receive multiple opportunities to make plays offensively as a wide receiver.
Daniel is up for the challenge.
“I like playing wide receiver,” he said. “If you catch the ball, then the game is in your hands. I like that.”
The expectations for Daniel this year are heightened, as he is trying to get Woodstock back into the playoffs for the first time since 2017. If his past production is any indication of how he will perform this season, then this season will be his best.
Following the fall semester, Daniel intends to enroll early at Georgia and begin taking classes in the spring. The decision to do so was an easy one to make.
“I’m just trying to get there, get my playing time and get to the (NFL) as soon as I can,” Daniel said. “That’s been my dream since I was a kid, so it’s the opportunity to make it come true, and I’m doing it as fast as I can. I’m going to take every chance I can get.”