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.
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.
“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.”
....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.
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.”
Here's a 4 minute video interview with him, from 3 months ago, at Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Dallas:
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
Can his enthusiasm be chalked up to Ed Warinner? It sure seems that Michigan is attracting a good caliber of offensive lineman this year.
Man, he looks good in Blue. GO BLUE!!