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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Cass Tech's Chris McDaniel Continues To Gain Interest

   | Branden Hunter

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Cass Tech's Chris McDaniel Continues To Gain Interest

The wealth of football talent at Detroit Cass Tech is plentiful, with Division 1 players on both sides of the ball, at almost every position.

Ohio State commit Damon Webb, linebackers Will White and Deon Drake (Michigan State), and running back Gary Hosey (Eastern Michigan) are some of the well known names in Cass Tech's senior class. But defensive end Chris McDaniel has also made a name for himself on the Technician's defense.

The 6-4, 235-pounder has offers from Toledo, and Western Michigan, with some interest from Buffalo, and Eastern Michigan. Toledo was McDaniel's first offer back in June, and says the Rockets are one of his favorites schools at the moment.

"They were my first offer," McDaniel said of Toledo. "I was very excited when I got it, because I'm just happy the hard work I put in behind closed doors has finally payed off."

McDaniel says he talks with the Toledo coaching staff every week, and that they like him as a rush defensive end with his size and athleticism. He visited Toledo for their game against Western Michigan on October 5, and said he enjoyed his time there.

"The visit was fun and I got a chance to see the campus and meet the team," said McDaniel. "Overall I loved it there."

McDaniel also says Western Michigan is in the mix for his services, and the Broncos just happened to offer him yesterday morning. He plans to take a visit to Kalamazoo, but hasn't set a date yet. "I like Western Michigan because I like the atmosphere there and I like the way they are bringing in everything new," he said.

"I plan on taking a visit there soon." Michigan State has also been in contact with McDaniel, but has yet to receive an offer yet from the Spartans. Current teammates Deon Drake and junior quarterback Jayru Campbell are committed to Michigan State.

"I talked to them all during the summer," McDaniel said. "They were just saying how they loved how athletic I am and to keep up the good work."

Cass Tech has had a very successful season so far in 2013 with a 7-0 record, and are favorites to win their league, and another state title. Their stingy defense has only given up 32 points to opponents thus far, and historically will get better once the state playoffs begin.

"The season has been going good for me," McDaniel said. "It just seems like it's flying past really fast." "Our main focus right now as a team is for everyone to do their jobs, and more importantly to focus on our grades."

Tight-end is also one of McDaniel's position at Cass Tech, with his size and athletic ability, but says his heart is at defensive end. That is where schools are recruiting him at, and where he may have the most upside.

McDaniel hasn't set a time for when he will commit, as he hopes to gain more interest and offers, and to focus on winning a third straight state title at Cass Tech.

"I don't know when I will commit yet," he said. "I just know I want to be apart of a system that will make me grow and put me around the right people."