As he gets ready for his junior season, Woodstock’s David Daniel may already be the most coveted recruit ever to come out of Cherokee County.
The 4-star defensive back is the third-ranked safety in the class of 2021, and as a member of the Cherokee Tribune Super Six, he has even bigger plans for his second varsity season.
“I’m trying to beat everything I did last year, at least double everything,” he said. “I had a pretty good breakout season last year. Everybody thought I was supposed to go big, but I haven’t stopped yet. I plan to be coming back even better.”
Colleges took plenty of notice after Daniel’s sophomore season, as he has raked up 22 big-time offers.
Alabama, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Wisconsin have already come forward to offer Daniel, but he said he still wants more.
“I just try to chase it even more,” he said. “I have everything I could want right now, but there’s always more you can achieve. You have to try to get better at everything you do, because tomorrow is not promised.”
Though he remains hungry, Daniel has put himself well on his way to fulfilling his dream of playing in the NFL.
He said that has been his goal since he was playing offense during youth football in the Miami area, and once he made the switch to defense in middle school, he found his calling.
“I played offense for three years when I was a little kid,” Daniel said. “I moved to defense in middle school, because I was outgrowing everyone. They told me to move to defense, and I thought it sounded fun to be able to hit people without getting in trouble.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Daniel said he models his game after Kam Chancellor, and his game had plenty in common with his idol last year.
He had 76 tackles, three interceptions, two interception returns for touchdowns, a sack and a forced fumble last season.
“Coming into Georgia, they all eat, sleep and breathe football,” he said. “I saw a lot of good things up here. I figured I would run things, though, but that’s just my mentality.”
Daniel figures to have an even bigger impact this season with more time on the field.
In addition to his safety duties, coach Brent Budde said Daniel would see more time at receiver this season, and as always, he intends to impact the game on special teams, where he blocked a punt and a field goal a season ago.
“Tomorrow is never promised,” Daniel said. “You need to play every down and every snap as hard as you can. If I can be out there, I want to be, giving it my all. That’s just my mentality.”