It's early … especially in the world of junior college recruiting. Jamal Danley knows that. He's not even planning to make a decision until mid-season. None of that is stopping him from naming a pair of favorites, though.
The East Mississippi Community College tackle doesn't mind sharing his thoughts. He certainly doesn't see a point in muting them.
Originally from Mississippi, Danley attends junior college less than three hours away from his family home. It's part of what makes Mississippi State a draw. He says the draw of the SEC is also a driving force behind his inclusion of the Bulldogs in his top two.
The allure of Oklahoma, on the other hand, is based on other factors.
"They win a lot and produce a lot of good linemen," Danleys said. "I like all of that obviously. I like Oklahoma, but that's eight hours away. That's the main problem with that."
As of now, Danley has visits set in stone at the moment and isn't all that concerned with plotting travel dates as things stand now. For the time being, long-distance communication will have to do. Danley says he's in contact with coaches from both Oklahoma and Mississippi State every other day.
"I'm probably going to wait until during the season and take official visits to both and then decide on a school probably mid-season or so," he said.
As for the criteria driving Danley's impending decision, all of that seems rather simple. He avoids intangibles and doesn't mention the clichéd "family atmosphere." Instead, he's straightforward.
"Being able to graduation and being able to get playing time," Danley said. "That's about it. That's about all I'm looking for."
Danley is on pace to leave East Mississippi in December and will join the school of his choice in time for 2015 spring practices.