Warren (Ohio) Harding class of 2015 offensive lineman James Daniels did not have to wait long after watching his brother sign a national letter of intent in February before his own recruitment started.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Daniels is the younger brother of incoming Iowa freshman running back LeShun Daniels, who was a three-star prospect in the 2013 class. The younger Daniels has spoken with his brother about his experience thus far.
"He went down there last week and he's doing good," Daniels said. "He's getting along pretty well, and all the other incoming freshman like him are pretty much [experiencing] the same."
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Iowa is one of six schools that offered Daniels before the end of his sophomore year of high school. He has not yet decided if continuing his playing career at the same school as his brother appeals to him or if he would like to pave his own path, but he has been introduced to the school and likes what he has seen thus far.
"I was there Easter weekend and when he went on his official I went with him," Daniels said. "They are building a new facility that I think will be built by the end of this year. Then, they have a really nice fan base."
Besides Iowa, Daniels holds early offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Penn State, Akron and Bowling Green. Of those other five schools, Daniels said he knows Michigan State the best.
"I went when my brother went last year for the spring game, but that was the only time I've been there," Daniels said. "They have a nice campus too, and I have talked to Coach [Pat] Narduzzi a couple times. I really like him."
The early start to the recruiting process caught Daniels by surprise, but he is taking it in stride and not trying to rush toward a final decision. He has not visited any college programs this summer, but hopes to see each of the schools that have offered him for games this fall.