BJ Daniels first came to the forefront of Syracuse’s running back recruiting last week, when the physical runner earned an offer from the Orange. Now, Daniels is the latest pledge for Syracuse’s recruiting class of 2017. This comes just a couple days after the Orange got a pledge from fellow RB prospect Markenzy Pierre.

Daniels is is a big, athletic running back from Palm Bay High in Melbourne, Florida, measuring in at 6-foot-2, 208 pounds. He’s been putting up big numbers this season, using his speed and strength to both run away from and through defenders. Daniels is ranked as the No. 18 RB prospect in Florida by, and chose Syracuse over offers from the likes of South Florida, Maryland, and Florida Atlantic.

Late last week, Daniels told both Scout and that he plans on taking an official visit to Syracuse in the near future. He’s the third running back for the Orange this cycle, joining Pierre and 6-foot tailback Allen Stritzinger, out of Michigan.

While Stritzinger is more of a speed back, with the ability to split out and play a little slot receiver if needed, Daniels is the kind of between-the-tackles runner the Orange have been sorely missing this year. He and Pierre will give Syracuse some strong, physical runners with the ability to move the pile.

Dontae Strickland has been getting most of that work this year, but like Stritzinger, is better suited for using his speed to make plays in space than he is at trying to break tackles and drag defenders on running plays through the middle of the line.

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