It feels like every couple years, a player named BJ Daniels comes through the state of Florida. This year, Palm Bay running back BJ Daniels is putting together a monster season at running back, and has emerged on Syracuse’s radar as a potential option for the class of 2017.
Daniels is a 6-foot-1, 202 pound back with a good combination of size and speed. So far he holds offers from the likes of Colorado State, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Maryland, Southern Miss, and South Florida. He doesn’t yet hold an offer from Syracuse, but it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if one comes his way sooner than later.
With the Orange on a bye week, it’s a certainty that one or more coaches will be making their way through the Sunshine State, and that could potentially include a trip to check out Daniels in person when his team plays at Satellite this Friday.
So far this season, Daniels has piled up 1,078 yards in just seven games, with 15 touchdowns to his name. He has a self reported time of 4.5 in the 40, though at The Opening in Orlando back in February, he was officially timed at 4.77 with a 4.43 shuttle time, as well as a 102.69 overall rating (the 15th best score at the event, and 3rd among running backs).
It’s clear in watching some of his highlights that Daniels finds and hits the hole in a hurry and can accelerate up the field, but he also doesn’t shy away from contact. He’s a physical runner who, if he winds up with a Syracuse offer and ultimately picks the Orange, would be able to pack on another 15 pounds and solve some of the team’s between-the-tackles issues we’ve seen this season.
Check out the highlights for one of his games this season, in which he carried 12 times for 149 yards and three touchdowns.