Zyir Daniel’s journey is bringing him back to Morgantown for another visit with the WVU football program. Daniel informed WV Sports Now directly about his trip.
A class of 24 defensive line recruit, Daniel has stayed in constant contact with the West Virginia coaching staff throughout the past year. Daniel (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) currently attends St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Connecticut.
He also sent WVSN his post with clips of his most recent games. Daniel attended WVU’s summer camp session for high school prospects in June.
Journey is never-ending 💯
— Zyir Daniel (@ZyirDaniel) October 19, 2023
“I learned a lot. They had us meet the strength and conditioning coach and showed us all the new technology they use to improve performance, which blew my mind. Also, I met with the nutritionist. The cool part is how they have cooking classes, which I will need down the line. I love the fact that the program’s GPA is over 3.0 with 100 percent graduation class for 5 years straight!,” Daniel told WVSN about his time on campus and at the WVU football facility.
He got the full experience by getting to speak with the coaches, including co- defensive coordinator ShaDon Brown and defensive line coach Andrew Jackson.
“I spoke with Coach Jackson and Coach Brown for a long time. Coach Jackson educated me a lot about the football program. Coach Brown spoke a lot about the 5th quarter program, which really excites me. I see how they put you in a position to succeed right after football,” he mentioned about what he heard from Brown and Jackson at the time.
When WVSN asked Daniel for his own honest evaluation of his game to this point, his description of what type of player he is sounds a lot like what teams want in edge rushers. It also comes with an understanding that he can still improve and the right coaches could help him reach another level. “I am very explosive with great footwork. I have good hands and have an arsenal of moves. I am a hard worker, coachable and eager to learn and improve every day,” said Daniel.
While it appears as if Daniel may have the attitude and ability that would serve WVU well for years to come, he’s keeping all of his options open and hoping to eventually earn more recognition nationally as a prospect. Daniel has also been in communication with schools like Boston College, Buffalo, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt and Syracuse.
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