Avon, Ind., junior defensive end Elijah Daniel had the advantage of watching his older brothers navigate the recruiting process, and now uses those experiences as he starts out a recruitment that has already generated four scholarship offers.
"The two in-state schools are Indiana and Purdue. Then I have two out-of-state schools which are Iowa and Marshall," Daniel reported. "Iowa is really big one me, IU of course is really big on me, Purdue wants me and Marshall obviously wants me because they took my brother last year."
Armonze Daniel signed with Marshall in the 2011 class, and the younger Daniel is not averse to playing alongside brother in college. Iowa has also piqued Daniel's interest early in the process.
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"Those are the two at the top of my list out of the offers I have," Daniel said. "I think Iowa and Marshall are a little bit above the other two just because my brother is at Marshall and both of the coaches that recruit me are really cool."
Originally from Tuscaloosa County in Alabama, Daniel may eventually have several options to consider which would allow him to return to his southern roots.
"The University of Florida really wants me," Daniel said. "I talked to Coach [Bryant] Young, their defensive line coach. He loves the way I play and the defensive coordinator said I fit their scheme. I watched them growing up, and think it is a really good school.
"Florida State has also shown a lot of interest. Tennessee is coming on strong. Ohio State wants me and I talked to Dick Tressel, the assistant coach. Another big one is Alabama. I had gotten some stuff for them and they wanted me to come down for a camp, but I couldn't make it."
Daniel's oldest brother, Montez Robinson, signed with Georgia in the 2009 class and Armonze Daniel listed Auburn as his favorite for much of the process because of a strong pull to return south. The younger Daniel also feels that same pull.
"I'm looking all over, but in the back of my head I think about getting back down south," Daniel said. "That's where I think the best competition is and they have that SEC atmosphere. In general, down south is really my favorite."
Daniel will head south on Oct. 1 to see Florida play host to Alabama at The Swamp. Other fall game visits are also in the works.
"I was going to try to make it out to some of my brother's games and see the campus," Daniel said. "I'll talk to some other schools and try to make it out to some other games."
As a sophomore, Daniel totaled around 60 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He has been able to further develop his game this summer by going against three-star Avon offensive tackle Deandre Herron every day in practice.
"He's a big body and you don't really see a lot of big bodies in high school like him," Daniel said. "He's really gotten me a lot better just getting off the ball and as far as facing someone of his caliber."