Mississippi has landed one of this year's most highly regarded defensive ends in Elijah Daniel.
Ben Garrett of Scout.com had the news:
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Daniel, rated the No. 9 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, chose the Rebels over, among others, Florida, Mississippi State and Arizona State.
Daniel is a 6'4", 250-pound beast from Avon, Ind., and is ranked as a 4-star recruit by 247Sports' Composite ranking. They also peg him as the fifth-best player at his position and the No. 81 overall prospect in the 2013 class.
With his ideal frame and developing skill set, he has the athletic ability and size to make an instant impact on the college level.
He had previously committed to Clemson but decommitted in November.
Daniel has excellent athleticism for a player coming out of high school, and his frame has room to comfortably add more bulk. That means that he will only continue to improve.
He also has impressive quickness, and he uses this effectively coming off the snap. Showing great lateral movement, it is evident that he knows how to use his hands and control his body. This makes him a load to handle on the edge.
This will lead to him getting good penetration into the opposition's backfield to disrupt the run and the pass game.
One area in which he might struggle initially is when he is locked up. Daniel will need to improve his balance and strength to shed blockers. Also, while he is a solid tackler, he could stand to improve when wrapping up.
He will need to improve in close quarters if he wants to be elite at the college level. However, these issues are not uncommon for incoming freshmen, and if he can add some power while maintaining his quickness, Daniel's ceiling is through the roof.