Three-star linebacker Armonze Daniel of Avon, Ind., has at least nine schools that covet his abilities, but the 6-4, 225-pound prospect is still waiting for an offer from the region of the country where he spent his childhood.
"I haven't gotten the offer I wanted," Daniel said. "I really want to play in the SEC, but I am still waiting on that. Hopefully that happens and I can commit at the end of the season.
"I actually grew up in Alabama and moved up here my freshman year. When I was down there I would always go to games at Auburn and Alabama and it's just how they play. They are very physical and I would love to play in that atmosphere."
Daniel has childhood friends from Alabama who are encouraging him to return to the South for college, and the three-star linebacker is taking the steps to make that return a possibility. He has been hearing from schools like Auburn and Alabama, and also camped at a couple other SEC programs earlier this summer.
"I had been to LSU and Mississippi State camps," Daniel reported. "They said they were going to offer me after all the camps were over, and that included the June and July camps.
"LSU was a very nice place and I would love to play there. The coaches were nice and I really connected with the linebackers coach.
"At Mississippi State, the linebackers coach was a good coach and he taught me more about things that can help me now. After the camp was over I took a tour of Mississippi State and I thought the campus was nice."
Daniel was supposed to attend a camp at Auburn this past week, but was unable to find transportation.
Although Daniel has his sights set on playing college football in the SEC, he is not ignoring the Midwest schools that have offered, a list of teams that includes Illinois, Iowa State, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue and Cincinnati.
"I had also camped at Indiana and I went on an unofficial to Iowa," Daniel reported. "Iowa is another school I can see myself playing at if the SEC does not work out."
Daniel does not foresee any other summer campus visits because his team starts two-a-day practices next week, but he is starting to schedule official visits for the fall.
"I want to take all five of my [official] visits," Daniel said. "Right now I only have Iowa scheduled for an official in September. Hopefully I will get the offers I want from the SEC and I will visit them too. Other than that, it's just a sit back period right now."