Rivals250 defensive end Elijah Daniel plans to take all five of his official visits despite a summer commitment to Clemson. This past weekend, the Avon, Ind., product made the first of those trips to Marshall University.
"It went really, really well," Daniel said. "That was my first time being up there and I was really impressed with the coaches and the little town at Marshall."
One of the reasons Daniel chose to take his first official visit to Marshall is because his brother, Armonze, is a redshirt freshman for the Thundering Herd. The trip allowed him to spend some time with his brother and other Marshall players.
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"He just showed me where everything is, how close everything was and how you can get around easily," Daniel said. "The d-line was all real cool. I was hanging out with them Saturday and a little bit Sunday."
Heading into the weekend, Daniel said his biggest reason for his taking an official visit to Marshall was to spend time with his brother, but he emerged from the trip with the Thundering Herd as a serious contender for his services.
"I can say I am really looking at them now," Daniel said. "It would be really good to play with my brother in college.
"The [coaches] said I can come in and really contribute early and make a huge impact. They need some pass rushers, so that's why they have emphasized going after me."
The next visit Daniel has planned will also allow him to see Marshall play. He will head over to West Lafayette on Sept. 29 to see Purdue host the Thundering Herd. Daniel has yet to set his next official visit, but he is getting close to nailing down a date with an SEC program.
"I was going to get in touch with Florida and see if I can set one up for next month or see when they want me to come down," Daniel said.
Daniel remains committed to Clemson and the Tigers continue to recruit the four-star defensive end, sending a coach to his school earlier this month.
"They had come by to watch me play two weeks ago," Daniel said. "Just this past week, Coach [Kevin] Wilson from IU and Ole Miss coach [Chris] Kiffin came in and watched me."
The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Daniel is ranked as the nation's No. 109 player in the country and the No. 8 strongside defensive end nationally. His Avon High team is off to a 3-2 record this fall.