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Friday, May 24, 2013
Former OSU star helps son with recruiting

By Brad Bournival

WARREN, Ohio -- James Daniels (Warren, Ohio/Harding) is familiar with the drill. The 2015 defensive tackle prospect's father played offensive guard for Ohio State and had a brief stint in the NFL. His brother recently went through the recruiting cycle.

“My dad tells me the tips,” said Daniels, whose father, LeShun Daniels, lettered at Ohio State from 1994-96. “He tells me what to look for. He lets me know what the most important thing is. The first thing he tells me is when I go to college to make sure my grades are right.

“He says make sure your grades are above your football. You have to stay humble. If you get a big head in college, you won’t be able to handle it. He says, 'Do what’s best for you. Make your best choice.' With my dad and brother, I’ve seen it before. I’m new to it because it’s me, but I’m not new to it because of them.”

His brother, running back LeShun Daniels Jr., signed with Iowa after a 1,614-yard, 15-touchdown senior season.

James Daniels, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect, already has offers from Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa, Bowling Green and Akron.

Daniels sticks by education being the most important factor, and the sophomore hasn’t put one school ahead of the other at this early stage.

At Penn State, he likes the fact it’s in the Big Ten and that the fan base is incredible. He also says the same thing about Michigan State and Iowa, adding the obvious Hawkeyes connection with his brother.

Akron and Bowling Green are close to home, so that’s a plus as well.

But as far as teams go, Daniels would rather talk about what he might bring to a university rather than what a university could bring to him.

“I’m a team player; I work hard,” Daniels said. “I put my teammates above everything else. I get good grades and don’t get in trouble. When you grow up as a kid you watch college football and think, 'I want to play there.' This is all very exciting.”