James Daniels, a center for Warren Harding, announced yesterday that he has committed to Iowa for the 2015 recruiting class.
He had narrowed his options to Ohio State and Iowa, where his older brother is a second-year running back, after holding offers from several schools, including Alabama.
Daniels is a second-generation player — his father, LeShun, started at guard on three of the more effective offensive lines in OSU history from 1994 to ’96. Those groups featured the late Korey Stringer at right tackle (’94) and Orlando Pace at left tackle all three seasons.
James Daniels, 6 feet 3 and 285 pounds, is considered the fourth-best center prospect nationally by Rivals.com and 13th by 247sports.com.
He was the first offensive lineman from the state that Ohio State coaches offered in this recruiting cycle.
His brother LeShun Jr. played in seven games last year as freshman at Iowa, rushing for 142 yards.
Ohio State is No. 6
Ohio State is ranked sixth in the preseason Amway coaches’ poll, which was released yesterday.
The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.
Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1. The Seminoles received 1,543 overall points and 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll. Alabama was second, followed by Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn.
With a playoff at the end of the season, the coaches’ poll no longer has a bearing on the postseason.
Information from the Associated Press was included in this story.