2019 Class OT: "I had a great time at the University of Michigan. I’ll definitely be coming back."

Submitted by SkyPanther on June 23rd, 2018 at 3:29 PM

Though only having a short experience at playing football, 2019 OT, Danielson Ike, (6'6", 300) is already a 4 Star, and has an impressive offer sheet. Michigan, Stanford, Nebraska, Alabama, and Louisville, among others, are on the quickly growing list. Miami had held a "100%" crystal ball for him. But, the coach at Miami that had been recruiting him left Miami for a position at Alabama. Since then, contact between he and Miami has fallen way off.

LINK: https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2019/danielson-ike-181946#school-interests

LINK: https://247sports.com/Recruitment/Danielson-Ike-92408/RecruitInterests/

LINK: https://www.canesinsight.com/news/4-star-ot-ike-hopes-to-hear-more-from-um-updates-his-recruitment.5467/


Originally from  Nigeria, Danielson Ike moved with his family to America in September of 2015.

He had played basketball in Nigeria, but landed in Miami having never watched a football game in his life. By the following spring Ike was already turning heads at big-time Division I programs.

LINK: https://n.rivals.com/news/the-compelling-case-of-danielson-ike

“I used to be a basketball player,” Ike explained. “My coach said, ‘you’re really aggressive. let’s try football.’ I tried football and it was just came natural to me. I was keeping tabs on NFL players seeing how they do what they do, and we just went from there.”

LINK: https://247sports.com/college/michigan/Article/Fast-rising-Kansas-City-Mo-Rockhurst-OK-Danielson-Ike-is-in-the-process-of-planning-a-Michigan-visit-118582849/

....High School coach Tony Severino, a Missouri Sports Hall of Fame inductee, is guiding the 6-foot-6, 300-pound prospect through it all....

....“I think what’s going to happen — we’ll sit down and I’ll talk to him about getting this thing to about 10 schools, going around this summer with his guardian and going to different places,” Severino said. “He’ll get it figured out. Obviously, he’s been to some of the schools. He’ll make his choice. It’s been overwhelming right now.”

....“Any place would be a good fit for him, trust me,” Severino said. “He’s exactly what most offensive line coaches are looking for. Big, physical, athletic offensive lineman. You wouldn’t know he’s 16 years old by looking at him. He’d fit right in to about any system you can get into. He’s just learning the game. He’s getting better and better every game he plays.”

....Severino noted that Ike’s footwork improved throughout the season. Once he locked on to a defender and did not release. By the end of the season he was recording six or seven pancake blocks per game.

LINK: https://www.landof10.com/nebraska/nebraska-recruiting-danielson-ike-greg-austin-ryan-held-rockhurst-tony-severino

A 13 minute highlight video of his high school junior year: http://www.hudl.com/profile/9389354/danielson-ike

Danielson Ike has given some thoughts on his recruiting process:

“I’m going to wait until the end of my senior year,” Ike said. “I’m going to take the process slow.... I don’t want to redshirt as a freshman, I want to go somewhere I can play right away,” Ike said. “And I want good communication with the coaches.”

LINK: https://www.canesinsight.com/news/4-star-ot-ike-hopes-to-hear-more-from-um-updates-his-recruitment.5467/

Here's a 4 minute video interview with him, from 3 months ago, at Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Dallas:

LINK: https://vimeo.com/261732231

Ike was in Ann Arbor this weekend. This is what he had to say about the visit:

I had a great time at the University of Michigan. I’ll definitely be coming back.... Go Blue

LINK: https://twitter.com/danielson_ike/status/1010508449317294080

Can his enthusiasm be chalked up to Ed Warinner? It sure seems that Michigan is attracting a good caliber of offensive lineman this year.


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Man, he looks good in Blue. GO BLUE!!




June 23rd, 2018 at 4:41 PM ^

In my middle school we had several guys were 6'4" to 6'6".     It's got to be weird to be that big, but it's got to be even weirder being that big at 13-14.

Middle school where I live is 5th - 8th grade.  My daughter will be going to middle school next year at ~50"-52" tall.  I hope she doesn't get stepped on.

True Blue Grit

June 23rd, 2018 at 5:24 PM ^

When I was in middle school and high school in the 70's, there were very few people in that 6'5" or 6'6" range.  None in middle school and maybe a couple in our high school of 1,200.  Now, you see people that tall or taller all the time.  Better nutrition?  Growth hormones in the food?  

It's Always Marcia

June 23rd, 2018 at 6:33 PM ^

I know lots of immigrants from Mexico and Central America. In all cases, all of them that have had children born to them in America, the children are taller than them. Most of the time they are taller than them by the time they are 12. And in a few cases, by the time they are 15, they are MUCH taller. You may not be able to pick out their parents in a crowd. American beef and chicken is full of growth hormone and steroids. Athletes have to be careful to only eat meat and chicken that is 100% natural and organic. Otherwise the growth hormones and steroids can show up in their urine.


July 4th, 2018 at 3:21 PM ^

The #1 basketball player in the country in eight grade, Emoni Bates, played at Clague Middle School in Ann Arbor where he averaged 40 ppg this year. He's 6'8" at age 14 and a triple option threat offensively..


He's actually from Ypsilanti so I assume he was availing himself of the school of choice option to attend Clague which is a very good intermediate school..

He'll be playing at Lincoln High School in Ypsi Twnshp next year.

Hope he's all blue!


June 23rd, 2018 at 6:14 PM ^

Yeah, I still remember working in South Quad's cafeteria as a freshman and seeing the football players dine there.  These guys were basically my age and yet they looked like a whole different type of human being.  Just super tall, super broad guys who would be the biggest dude in a room in about 95% of the world.