Daniels follows brother to Hawkeyes, picks Iowa over Ohio State

2014-07-31T15:45:00Z 2014-07-31T20:14:11Z Daniels follows brother to Hawkeyes, picks Iowa over Ohio StateSteve Batterson The Quad-City Times

Iowa’s tradition of developing offensive linemen led the Hawkeyes to a significant football recruiting victory Thursday.

Highly-ranked Ohio prep James Daniels, the younger brother of Hawkeye running back LeShun Daniels, selected Iowa over Ohio State after mulling offers from Alabama, Auburn and others.

“The bonus is I’ll get to be part of the same team with my brother. I’m excited about that, but it came down to going somewhere I knew I would be able to get better as a player,’’ Daniels said. “Iowa has a history of great offensive lines and I’m excited to be part of that.’’

Ranked by as the fourth-best center in the prep recruiting class of 2015, the 6-foot-2, 282-pound Daniels announced his decision both on Twitter and during a preseason press day at Harding High School in Warren, Ohio.

On Twitter, he wrote, “I have decided to go join the University of Iowa!’’

His decision continues to help Iowa fill a need. Offensive linemen are a priority in Iowa’s 2015 recruiting class and of the 14 players who have made verbal commitments to the Hawkeyes in a class that will likely number in the upper teens, Daniels is the fifth offensive lineman.

Daniels received special mention all-state recognition from the Associated Press last season in Division I, the largest of Ohio’s seven classes.

Ohio State targeted Daniels, whose father LeShun Daniels Sr. started at guard for the Buckeyes from 1994-96, as its top in-state line prospect and was the first Ohio lineman to be offered a scholarship by OSU.

But, Daniels said he found comfortable surroundings in Iowa City.

“I like the coaches there a lot. They’re good people and they’ve got a good track record,’’ Daniels said. “I feel like I’ve made the best decision for myself.’’

NCAA rules prohibit coach Kirk Ferentz from speaking about specific recruits until they sign binding letters of intent, but at the Big Ten kickoff earlier this week the Iowa coach discussed some of the challenges of recruiting at Iowa.

“Historically, we haven’t won a lot of battles against USC, Ohio State. It’s just the nature of football,’’ Ferentz said. “It’s been that way for a long time. It’ll probably be that way for a long time.’’

His comment Tuesday morning came one day after Iowa lost a running back recruit, Aca’Cedric Ware, to USC.

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2015 Hawkeyes (0-0)

Date Opponent Time/result
9/5/2015 Illinois State 11 a.m.
9/12/2015 at Iowa State 3:30 p.m.
9/19/2015 Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
9/26/2015 North Texas TBA
10/3/2015 at Wisconsin TBA
10/10/2015 Illinois 11 a.m.
10/17/2015 at Northwestern 11 a.m.
10/31/2015 Maryland TBA
11/7/2015 at Indiana TBA
11/14/2015 Minnesota 7 p.m.
11/21/2015 Purdue TBA
11/27/2015 at Nebraska TBA

Past schedules

2014 Hawkeyes (7-6)

Date Opponent Time/result
8/30/2014 Northern Iowa W 31-23
9/6/2014 Ball State W 17-13
9/13/2014 Iowa State L 20-17
9/20/2014 at Pittsburgh W 24-20
9/27/2014 at Purdue W 24-10
10/11/2014 Indiana W 45-29
10/18/2014 at Maryland L 38-31
11/1/2014 Northwestern W 48-7
11/8/2014 at Minnesota L 51-14
11/15/2014 at Illinois W 30-14
11/22/2014 Wisconsin  L 26-24
11/28/2014 Nebraska L 37-34
1/2/2015 Tennessee L 45-28


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Hawkeyes bowl history

1957 Rose   Oregon State W 35-19
1959 Rose   California W 38-12
1982 Rose   Washington L 28-0
1982 Peach   Tennessee W 28-22
1983 Gator   Florida L 14-6
1984 Freedom   Texas W 55-17
1986 Rose   UCLA L 45-28
1986 Holiday   SDSU W 39-38
1987 Holiday   Wyoming W 20-19
1988 Peach   NC State L 28-23
1991 Rose   Washington L 46-34
1991 Holiday   BYU T 13-13
1993 Alamo   California L 37-3
1995 Sun   Washington W 38-18
1996 Alamo   Texas Tech W 27-0
1997 Sun   Arizona State L 17-7
2001 Alamo   Texas Tech W 19-16
2003 Orange   USC L 38-17
2004 Outback   Florida W 37-17
2005 Capital One LSU W 30-25
2006 Outback   Florida L 31-24
2006 Alamo   Texas L 26-24
2009 Outback   South Carolina W 31-10
2010 Orange   Georgia Tech W 24-14
2010 Insight   Missouri W 27-24
2011 Insight   Oklahoma L 31-14
2014 Outback   LSU L 21-14
2015 TaxSlayer   Tennessee L 45-28