Noah Daniels created a checklist of sorts during his college football recruiting.
Daniels wanted to find a program with a strong education, “something that’s going to keep me going in life,” a caring coaching staff, high-level football and a feeling of home.
The Winter Park (Fla.) defensive end/edge rusher found that program in Army. Daniels verbally committed to head coach Jeff Monken on the final day of his visit on June 25 and announced his decision on Friday (July 7).
“After going through my recruiting process, Army West Point showed me all of these (factors) and more,” Daniels said.
There were no shortage of FBS and FCS programs that were looking to secure the talents of Daniels. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior received Division I-A offers from Navy, Air Force, Tulane, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Arkansas State. Division I-AA schools Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman, Colgate, Cornell, Columbia, Fordham, Holy Cross, New Hampshire, Richmond, UPenn and Wofford offered Daniels.
Daniels ultimately picked Army because he “liked the way the program was and how it sets a great future for you even if you don’t go to the NFL after college and how it builds you into an amazing leader.”
The seventh Florida commit of Army’s 2024 class, Daniels said playing with other talents from the Sunshine State “didn’t leave much of an impact on his decision.”
“I wanted to make this decision based off my own personal self,” Daniels said.