Scouts: Daniel joins Nkemdiche 

June, 18, 2012
With the news of the top player in the land Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) committing still fresh, Clemson now has even more reason to smile as off the heels of the verbal of the No. 1 rated defensive end the Tigers have added a verbal from ESPN 150 D-End Elijah Daniel (Avon, Ind.). This is a big pick-up for Clemson for a couple reasons.

First off, the Tigers are getting a good prospect in Daniel the No. 6 rated defensive end in the nation. The defender out of the Hoosier State does not possess the same type of freakish size that Nkemdiche does, but Daniel does have good size at this stage with a frame that should be able to support more good mass with time in the Tigers weight program. He can be a disruptive player as he possesses good initial quickness. He displays good promise as an edge rusher with just enough speed to get tackles thinking which can lead to mistakes and Daniel flashes the ability to be able to take advantage of those errors whether it’s around the edge or countering back inside. He doesn’t display the ability to win solely with speed and needs to continue to develop the use of his weapons, but with polish and a plan he has the tools to cause consistent problems as a pass rusher.

Daniel can not only get after the quarterback, but also displays the tools with further development to be able to stay on the field and be a productive run defender. He moves well for his size and displays the ability to see and react well to blocking schemes. He uses his hands well and is able to quickly separate and shed. He is a defender with a nice motor and uses good angles in pursuit. He may not offer the same type of immediate impact ability that Nkemdiche does, but the tools are there for Daniel to develop into a very good college player.