- 185 lbs
- Dr. SEC Recruiting Ranking
- 247 Composite Ranking
- High School
- George County (MS)
- Current Team
- Ole Miss Rebels
M.J. Daniels is a tall, fast and physical football player who could actually get recruited for a few different positions. While a productive WR, I feel he will end up on defense and would fit best at safety. He flashes a better closing burst than top-end speed. I am not sure how he will time in the 40-yard dash but is football fast.
Daniels is a playmaker from the safety position. He’s a sleek, fluid athlete but also has a physical side to his game which will only increase after a year in a college strength and conditioning program. He still needs to fill out and add bulk, but he’s a quick-twitched athlete with plenty of pop and explosion.
There is limited film of him against the run but shows great underneath pursuit speed, as well as the ability to recover long in pass defense. He’s quick to open his hips, change direction and find the ball. He has very good anticipation and ball tracking skills in coverage. Will read the QB and route development naturally and accurately and time his break to get in proper positioning to undercut the route and make a play.
Daniels turns into a receiver in one-on-one coverage. Has good ball skills and excels as a high-pointer. He has fluid hips, transition and overall movements that allow him to mirror receivers tightly in man, and he has the closing burst to make up ground when the ball is in the air. If he can’t undercut the route he will look to cause a collision and separate by contact. A secure wrap-up tackler in the open field who limits the run after the catch.
There is a chance that Daniels could end up on offense. He does have the talent to be a future starting wide receiver in the SEC but he has a shot to be a star at safety. I currently have Daniels as a 3-star because he needs to continue adding bulk to hold up as a run supporter. If there is more film during his senior season in run support, I expect him to bump to a 4-star.