As part of National Letter of Intent Signing Day, Times Shamrock newspapers’ Penn State football beat writer Donnie Collins is breaking down every member of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class. This is a look at receiver Daniel George, who is ranked as the No. 41 receiver prospect in the nation by Rivals.
School: Oxon Hill (Md.) HS
Projected position: Receiver
Ranking: Four stars by 247sports, Rivals.com and ESPN
Status: Signed LOI in December; expected to enroll Summer 2018
Other offers: Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, UMass, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Temple, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
Projection: If Penn State’s haul at receiver isn’t the best in the country this year, I don’t know who is better. Because nobody talks about George, and he’s got potential to be a real star. … George has great hands, and even better than that, he reads the ball well in the air. On the so-called 50-50 balls, he’s going to win many more battles than he loses because — at least on film — he always seems to get the best read on a throw of any player on the field. … He’s not just a project, either. He was productive in high school, hauling in 61 catches for 897 yards and 10 of his 27 career TDs as a senior. … His 40-yard dash time isn’t outstanding — ESPN has him at 4.6 — but he’s a seven-time All-American in track, winning Maryland state title in 300-meter hurdles. He is a tremendous athlete who can both make tacklers miss in the open field and run right through one-on-one attempts. … What I like about him most is his size. He looks bigger than his listed 201 pounds, and he hits the open field with bad intentions once he has the ball. He looks a lot to me like an Anquan Bolden type, who can make the tough catches and plow through defenders for extra yards, as well as stretch the field. Not sure Penn State will need him to as a true freshman, but he can contribute if they do. He’ll make his on-field debut no later than the 2019 season, and he’ll be a big factor throughout his career.