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Recruiting: LB Carson Daniell commits to Army

Carson Daniell felt an instant connection to Army football and West Point from his first steps onto the academy during Elite Junior Day in February.

The feeling of “home” grew stronger when Daniell visited again last week. That feeling continued to resonate with Daniell and his family. And, it was strong enough for the St. Paul’s (N.H.) linebacker to call Army linebacker coach John Loose with his commitment to the Black Knights Friday.

“The way the coaches treated me and my entire family was special,” Daniell said. “We quickly realized that the traditions and customs of West Point aligned with our family values. The people, the amazing football and the unparalleled academics are ultimately the reason I chose to commit to West Point. Coach Monken and the whole staff know how to do it right.”

Army’s history of strong linebacker play under Monken and his staff was also a draw for Daniell. He hopes to follow the long line of Andrew King, Jeremy Timpf, James Nachtigal, Cole Christiansen, Jon Rhattigan and Leo Lowin.

“Army has a tradition of producing great linebackers and I know that inside linebacker is a a position that is highly valued in their defensive scheme. I can’t wait to learn from the best,” Daniell said.

Daniell, who received interest from Navy, is one of the first Army commits from New Hampshire in more than a decade. He’s ready to represent the New England area and more as an Army football player and cadet.

“My (St. Paul’s) coaches have been instrumental in my development as a player and person,” Daniell said. “I am excited to bring more attention to the (New England) area. There are tons of amazing players in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont that get overlooked simply because of location.

“There are not many Asian American college football players, especially at the Division I level, so I would like to become a role model for other Asian Americans in the football community.

Daniell believes his grandfather, who served in the Navy in the 1950s, is proudly looking down on him. Daniell is also a standout lacrosse player.

“Although I love lacrosse, football is definitely my main focus,” Daniell said.

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