As Billy Napier looks to add depth to the Florida football running back room, four-star prospect Kahnen Daniels provides an interesting opportunity for the Gators. As the QB in a run-based offense for his high school, Daniels is used to seeing loaded boxes every time he receives a snap.
And as he has an eye on being a running back at the next level, his ability to find openings even with these loaded boxes is a big reason why the Gators are making a push for the Mississippi native.
Florida Football: Eye of the storm
Listed at 6’1″ and 190 pounds, Daniels is built like an all-around athlete. His Hudl profile claims a 4.5 second 40-yard dash, as well as a 500-pound squat and a 500-pound deadlift.
There are reasons to believe these numbers because on film there doesn’t seem to be anyone that can keep up with Daniels once he gets an opening.
His biggest attribute is his vision. Even with 11 defenders in the box and chaos all around, Daniels is able to follow his blockers and stay patient long enough for holes to open up. He’s hard to bring down in the sense that he simply goes where opposing linebackers are not.
In a lot of his clips from his junior season, he runs for 60+ yards and wouldn’t have been tackled even if it was flag football.
The one critique is that when he is going parallel to the line of scrimmage waiting for a hole to open, he tends to round his cut upfield vs plant and go. This does get him upfield just a tick slower than what will be needed in the SEC.
But if his 4.5 speed is legit, that can easily be fixed and Daniels is the type of player that would fit in well in Napier’s zone running scheme.
On3 and Rivals have Daniels as a four-star while 247 lists him as a three-star. In addition to Florida football, he has offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Auburn, among others.
He was trending to Mississippi State, but that momentum seems to be shifting toward the Florida Gators. On3 currently has him at an 88% chance of coming to Gainesville.