Mykelle McDaniel told the AJC over the weekend that Florida is now his frontrunner.
The 3-star defensive end from Grayson High School claims the Gators are followed by Nebraska, Tennessee and South Carolina.
McDaniel tells the AJC that Florida coach Jim McElwain and his staff have separated themselves from the pact because of the relationship he has with them. It also helps that he could see the field early at Florida, too.
But the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder says the chance for early playing time at Nebraska, Tennessee and South Carolina remains appealing. Getting on the field early appears to be the biggest factor for McDaniel when considering schools.
“Playing time, and that’s for all my schools,” said McDaniel. “The only one that is different as far as playing time is Tennessee. I understand that they’re deep on the defensive line, but I just like their facilities. I feel like they put you in the best situation to be successful.”
It’s interesting to note, though, that McDaniel has ties to South Carolina, his apparent No. 4 school. His former teammate, Daniel Fennell, is a freshman linebacker for the Gamecocks.
“He’s told me nothing but positive things about them as well,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel tells the AJC that he’ll take official visits to each of the four schools at the end of the season. He will not travel in-season. The fifth and final spot, however, will remain open.
McDaniel is rated as the No. 43 player in the state.