Daniel Surprised by UVa Offer

Kengera Daniel

Virginia was the latest to offer Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook defensive end Kengera Daniel. HooNation.com caught up with Daniel to discuses his offer from the Cavaliers.

"It was pretty out of the blue. My coach told me that they (Virginia) were coming, so I thought wow who are they coming to see, I didn't know they were coming to see me," joked Kengera Daniel.

It seemed that UVa saw everything they needed to see. The Cavaliers offered the Millbrook defensve end and thus joined Alabama, Elon, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Miami, Boston College, Tennessee and Appalachian State in the race to land Daniel.

"I am pretty excited to learn more about their program and to learn more about what they have to offer, since I know just a little about their program."

The 6-foot-5, 235 pounder's area recruiter is Virginia's wide receiver coach Marques Hagans.

"Coach Hagans talked a little about their program, what they did up there and how they operate. I liked what I heard, and I've talked to him a little bit more and I have kept in contact with him.

"He seems like a pretty funny guy. He seems very dedicated to what he does from coaching to working out."

One relationship that continues to grow, is Daniel's relationship with the Alabama, who were the first to offer the 2015 prospect.

"It felt pretty good. He (Nick Saban) is a great coach and he saw something in me and that says something."

Although Daniel currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, his family had previously lived in Tallahassee, Florida. And not only lived in Florida State country, but both his parents went to the university.

"Everyone expects that one, but we will see," he laughed. "Everybody thinks that I am 100 percent sure I'm going there. But I am not sure where they would stand if they were to offer."

Recruiting, however, has been placed on the back burner temporarily until school is over. Once Daniel finishes school, he will begin making his unofficial visits.

"I am trying to calm it down until the summer time when I can go to a few camps, and I'm trying to fit in Boston College and Indiana in for unofficial visits and Virginia of course..I know I am going to Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama and two or three in-state camps."

These visits a great chance to figure out exactly what he wants in a program.

"I am looking at what each school has to offer and taking it all in. I basically want a school that I can develop onto the next level and if I can't I have a degree that I can fall back on."

Daniel also plans to make his decision around his birthday, July 29th.

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