Louisville football cooled off on the recruiting trail during the dead period but they landed a player at a need position today in Desmond Daniels. A three star “athlete” out of Georgia, Daniels will play the “Y” tight end position for Louisville. With Jordan Davis graduating after this season, the position will need an influx of players and talent. Daniels becomes the 21st member of the 2020 class and the class should have between 6-8 spots left.
Daniels has a great frame at 6-4/250 and he has some versatility as some schools were recruiting him as a defensive end. Daniels spent his summer camping as a tight end and turned some heads. He picked up an offer from Maryland early in the year and then saw UAB and IU offer in later on. UofL got in the mix a bit later and won him over when he visited the school. He also camped at Clemson this summer hoping to get more exposure.
In a Rivals interview about his commitment, Nic Cardwell was specifically mentioned by Daniels as the recruiter he connected with which is a good sign for Louisville. Cardwell is a Quality Control coach for Louisville but was the Tight Ends coach at App State. A handful of recruits have mentioned QC coaches or other staffers when it comes to their recruitment. I remember when Cort Dennison was in a similar role, I was told that he was key factor in multiple commitments. It’s a positive that guys like Cardwell, Pete Thomas, and Zeb Speir are helping with recruiting. I think we’ll see the size and quality of this whole staff will pay off in a lot of ways.
This upcoming season will be Daniels’ first as a tight end as he played tackle for his high school team up until now. The small sample size I’ve seen from him shows a player who can definitely run well enough to play that “on the line” tight end spot in this offense. His pass catching abilities will have to be developed and proven but he is a good blocker who is a good athlete. That’s a very good place to start.