One of the under-the-radar commits for Florida football is West Point High QB/RB Kahnen Daniels. Considered a fringe four-star prospect by most of the services, Daniels has been putting up video game-like numbers all season long for the Green Wave.
Even under the bright lights of the Ole Miss stadium in the 5A Mississippi state title game, Daniels once again put the team on his back to finish out his high school career with a state title.
Florida Football: Run run run
Daniels committed to Florida football back in April.
At the time, we said:
"“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.”"
Playing as a wildcat running back for West Point, it didn’t matter that opposing teams knew Daniels would run the ball; he gashed teams anyway.
This season, Daniels had 288 carries for 2,737 yards and 29 touchdowns.
In the state title game last night, Daniels had 28 carries for 253 Yards and three touchdowns.
West Point would go on to defeat Laurel High 35-7.
As it stands right now, Daniels is the only running back committed to Florida in the class of 2024. We suspect that part of the reason Daniels’ star rating isn’t as high as some others is that he doesn’t jump out as a “combine guy” who will produce monster numbers in a 7 v 7 setting.
He feels more like a Montrell Johnson type who just knows how to find open running lanes. As a reminder, Johnson was a mid-tier three-star in high school and has had back-to-back seasons in the SEC of over 800 yards.
If Johnson and Trevor Etienne return for 2024, Daniels will probably either be a special teams player or redshirt before getting his chance in 2025.
But with it unclear at the moment what either of the players are doing, there is a chance Gator fans will be seeing Daniels getting carries in 2024.