Armonze Daniel visited Iowa City late last month and came away impressed with the Hawkeye program.…
Auburn Still In Charge
Armonze Daniel, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound three-star linebacker from Avon, Ind., still favors Auburn solidly over LSU, Mississippi State and Iowa, but of those, only the Hawkeyes have offered. He also has offers from Florida International, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Western Kentucky, Iowa State, Cincinnati and Toledo. Daniel, ranked as the No. 38 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, already attended camp at LSU and Mississippi State. "LSU was good," Daniel said. "The coaches were impressed and said they are very interested. They said they'd be contacting my head coach, so we're just waiting. "Mississippi State said pretty much the same thing," he said. "I think they'll both be offering." Daniel says he likes the Tigers defense. "I love all the playmakers they always have on defense," he said. "I'd like to surround myself with playmakers. "LSU also has great facilities," he said. The thing that Daniel likes about Mississippi State is their coaches, specifically head coach Dan Mullen. "He's from Florida and I like how he runs things," he said. "He's a great guy and he knows what it takes to win. I really like coach Mullen. The other coaches are great too." In July, Daniel plans to attend the Auburn camp. "(Defensive coordinator/linebackers) coach Ted Roof said they'd be watching me closely at the camp," he said. "I'll be praying I do well and they offer." Daniel admits that he'd consider committing if the Tigers offer. "I'd think about it," he said. "They'd definitely be on top for sure." So what is it about Auburn that Daniel likes so much? "I grew up in Tuscaloosa and have always loved Auburn," he said. "I've been going to their games for a long time and I really like the defense they run." Daniel admits he'd prefer to go to college in the south and the lone midwest school to make his top four is Iowa. "It's a nice place," he said about Iowa. "I really like my position coach (Darrell Wilson). He's a cool guy." He says the Hawkeyes are recruiting him the hardest. Daniel plans to make a decision after his senior season. "I'm focused on winning a state championship first," he said. "I don't like losing and the school I go to has to win," he said. "I want to be around playmakers and go where I'm not sitting on the bench." Daniel reports a 2.5 core GPA, a 13 ACT and a 710 SAT. He plans on retaking both, but hasn't scheduled them yet.
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