ALLENDALE, Mich. – Although Oak Park senior wide receiver Miles Daniel is entering the 2016 season as an unranked prospect on 247Sports.com, he is far from an unknown commodity on the recruiting trail.
Over the summer, Daniel hit the road in earnest on a conquest to camp at a litany of schools, a strategy that quickly paid off for the 5’9”, 170-pound wide receiver. As a result, Daniel picked up a handful of offers from his camp circuit and generated interest from even more programs.
“My offseason consisted of going to camps and really preparing for the first game,” Daniel told Today’s U. “I’m really excited to get back to my team and get ready for our game Thursday. I went to close to 20 camps, so I went to a few schools in the MAC like Cincinnati and Miami (Oh). I also went to Stanford and Boston College. I went to Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland and I got around quite a bit.”
As a quick and speedy wide receiver, Daniel typically spent most of last year at the Y position but while be seeing the field in a different role this fall.
“I typically play in the slot position, but this year I decided to make a change and play in the Z position just so I could have a better matchup with corners instead of linebackers checking me,” Daniel said. “I feel like I use a good amount of speed to get past defenders so I can make space and create separation.”
These traits stood out to a handful of schools on the camp trail. According to Daniel, his best showings came at a pair of Big Ten camps.
“My performance at Penn State and Northwestern I felt were probably my best ones,” Daniel said. “I ended up clocking a 4.3 at the Penn State camp in the 40 and a 4-flat in the shuttle at Northwestern. Those are some of my best numbers in those drills, so I felt like I did well at those camps. A lot of the coaches seemed pretty interested with my performance and wanted to keep in contact with me over the summer.”
With that camp experience under his belt, Daniel described his recruitment as “pretty good” when he rattled off his still-growing offer list.
“I have eight offers right now,” Daniel said. “In order they were Temple, Princeton, Brown, Penn, Columbia, six was Kent State, seven was Harvard and eight would be Colgate.”
Out of the group of schools that have extended an offer up to this point, Daniel has visited most of these programs already, taking a chance to experience the campus either on an unofficial visit, a camp trip or even on his own volition.
“I went to camps at Penn and I went to a camp at Yale,” Daniel said. “I didn’t get a chance to visit Harvard, but I saw the campus. It wasn’t with the coaches or anything. I just went because in was in the neighborhood for the Boston College camp, so I stopped by for a little bit. Then I took a visit to Columbia, I took a visit to Temple earlier in the summer. I went to camp at Princeton and Brown, and those are the schools I have been to since being offered.”
The next stage in Daniel’s recruitment will be to cut his offer list down to a group of five schools that will receive official visits. Daniel is currently unsure of which schools will make the cut, but it sounds like that decision could be coming soon.
“I will probably cut down my list when the time comes and I will go out to the schools that I really need to see and take my officials there,” Daniel said. “I will make my decision from that point.”
On Saturday, Daniel competed in Oak Park’s week one matchup with Zeeland West at Grand Valley State. Breaking several tackles up the gut, Daniel returned a kickoff 92-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, showing quick acceleration and breakaway speed.