Saturday night's Alabama-LSU matchup drew recruits from all over the country to Tuscaloosa, including Indianapolis area 2013 defensive end Elijah Daniel. This weekend's trip was more like a homecoming for the former Tuscaloosa County resident.
"Every time I go down to the south it just feels like home," Daniel said. "That's where all the talent is, and I am a competitor… I like to see how I match up against people."
Growing up in the state of Alabama, Daniel had already seen the campus, walked around their facilities and knows the setting of the town, but the chance to see the No. 1 vs. No. 2 teams in Bryant-Denny Stadium was certainly a first.
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"The fans were crazy and there were a ton of recruits there," Daniel said. "I thought it was a really good game, even though it was a low scoring game."
Prior to the Alabama visit, Daniel had attended games at Florida and Notre Dame this fall. He enjoyed both experiences, but it was hard to top Saturday's showdown.
"There were so many good athletes on the field, and with No. 1 vs. No. 2, that probably made the difference with the other two games I went to," he said.
The 6-4, 250-pound Daniel already boasts scholarship offers from Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Marshall. He does not yet hold an offer from the Crimson Tide, but did discuss that topic with Alabama coaches on Saturday.
"I talked to Coach Bobby Williams both before the game and after the game," Daniel said. "Coach Williams liked my film. The d-end is going to check it out and they are going to go from there. They want me to come back in two weeks for the next home game. That's a strong possibility."
Now that Daniel's junior season at Avon (Ind.) High is complete, he plans to use the next few weekends to travel to games. He is weighing several game invites for this coming weekend, and expects to decide which contest he will attend in the next few days.