Purdue and Toledo offered scholarships to Avon (Ind.) outside linebacker Armonze Daniel Tuesday. They are the first schools to offer the talented 6-4, 210 pound prospect.
"I am really excited," Daniel said. "I have been waiting for this awhile."
Purdue was the first school to offer, but just barely.
"Coach Mark Hagen came to my school today. He had an offer for me in writing," Daniel said. "They want me to come to camp up there. I have not had a chance to learn much about their football program. But, I have been up there a few times to run track. The campus is really nice. And, we play some high school teams for Lafayette. I have some friends that have committed there in previous years."
Armonze brings a unique blend of size and athleticism to the table.
"I would play a position they call 'star.' It is an outside linebacker that can drop back and play a safety role in certain coverages."
"I am going to try my best to get there this summer and visit the program. If not, I will probably go up in the fall."
Just an hour or so after Purdue offered, Toledo assistant coach Eli Rasheed visited Avon High School and left a scholarship offer for Daniel.
"I was told they wanted to offer in January, but the coach did not know why the offer had not arrived yet."
Daniel said either way, he is excited the offer came in. He is hoping some more schools turn their interest into offers.
"LSU. Mississippi State, and I really like Auburn. They just sent me some stuff so I guess they are going to start recruiting me. Iowa, Boston College and Michigan are in contact too."
Daniel is not afraid to say he would like to have the option to play football in the South. He will attend to the Tuscaloosa NIKE camp in May.
"I am hoping interest from Alabama will pick up soon. This summer, I plan to attend camps at LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Texas Tech, and Miami-FL."
"I grew up in Tuscaloosa. I have a lot of family in Atlanta, so when I visit there we travel around. I am open to any school, but it would be nice to play in front of my family."