RINGLING — Ringling offensive tackle Riley Daniel doesn’t have to be reminded that he plays Class A football.
He knows it. Recruiters know it.
And Daniel has spent his summer showing college coaches that it doesn’t matter.
“A lot of recruiters think that because I’m playing in that class, the competition isn’t as good as what the higher classes play against, and maybe that’s the case some nights,” Daniel said. “I’ve gone to camps and done good against the best they bring. It doesn’t matter what class you’re in. If you can play, you can play.”
Daniel has three Division I offers — Tulsa, Houston and North Texas — with several major programs still keeping close tabs on the 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle.
Daniel was a late-emerging talent on the recruiting scene. Some might credit that to being in Ringling, but considering he’s the second Division I player to come out of Ringling in the last three seasons, that doesn’t hold up.
Daniel was slow to emerge, because he only started playing offensive line as a sophomore.
“He used to play tight end for us, until he grew out of that,” Ringling coach Tracy Gandy said. “Obviously coaches like his size, but he just moves so well.”
His game tape shows the ability to dominate the player in front of him, but his summer camp appearances have helped quiet the talk of what class he plays in.
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