Land of 10 has embarked on a series of “Next Generation” stories, a project that aims to bring readers insight into the class of 2017 signees. The series will officially debut in March. On Monday, Nebraska reporter Chris Heady caught up with 3-star DT Damion Daniels to give you a sneak peek of what you can expect.
DALLAS — Damion Daniels has always been big.
Big enough that in middle school, instead of playing flag football with the rest of the kids his age, the Nebraska class of 2017 recruit was moved up one year to play on his older brother’s team.
And in his first game, with pads that didn’t quite fit, Daniels learned the lesson that would change him for good.
On the defensive line, Damion’s brother, Darrion, was a little hesitant to tackle another kid. That, in turn, made Damion a little hesitant.
“And then my dad called me over to the sideline,” Damion said, “and just told me, on this next play, just get up, run toward that quarterback, and hit him as hard as you can.”
And so Damion trotted out to the field, adjusted his helmet that was a tad too big, and took his spot at linebacker behind his brother.
“And I just did what he said. Just ran up, jumped and tackled the guy. And then …”
Daniels’ voice trails off and a smile creeps across his face as he begins to laugh.
“And then that was that.”
Daniels was sold. This football thing, he thought, is just fine with him.
And it has worked out for him, too.
Daniels received 29 Division I scholarship offers and was rated the No. 50 defensive tackle in the 2017 class. He committed to Nebraska on National Signing Day.
The 6-foot-1, 315-pound Nebraska signee from Bishop Dunne High School is currently working out for to prepare for college football, along with competing in the shot put for the track team.
We’ll have more in the next week or so for our Next Generation series on the life of Daniels, why he picked Nebraska, and why it’ll be so hard for him to leave Dallas.