#STRecruiting: #Clemson also hot on younger Ngata

Daniyel Ngata

RB Daniyel Ngata of Folsom, CA is the highly recruited brother of Clemson freshman wide receiver Joe Ngata.  The Tigers offered him earlier this month and are in a good place with him thanks to their lengthy relationship with the family.  Daniel has been on the Clemson campus with his brother and he’s coming back for the spring game next month.

“It was really good to get that offer. I’ve been in contact with Coach Elliott and Clemson for a minute,” Ngata said.   “I had been waiting on that offer but I was still surprised when he told me. He asked me, ‘How would you like the opportunity to play with Joseph?'”

That’s obviously something the younger Ngata is considering.  He plans to use this next trip to Clemson to learn more about how the team operates.

“I am looking at everything,” he said. “I want to see the running backs and how they use them, and I want to talk to the players and ask them a few questions. I also want to spend more time with the coaches.”

Some of Ngata’s other offers include Michigan, Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Penn State, Tennessee and Washington.  He has some ideas about what he wants to see in his future school, and those don’t necessarily included his brother.

“They have a good football team, a winning football team, and the school needs to have what I want to major in. I also have to like the location,” Ngata said. “I am not basing my decision on my brother or anything like that. When I make my decision or think about my decision it’s like he isn’t even there.”

Clemson likes to spring some major commitments during its spring game weekend, and that likely will be the case next month with some of the top targets.  But Ngata said don’t look for him to be among that group.

“I am pushing it back until the end of the season. I want to take a better look at all of the schools,” he said. “When I first looked at my recruiting I thought it would begin to slow down and I could commit and then play the whole season as a committed player my senior year in high school. But more schools are starting to talk to me and make offers and I really want to make sure I look at everything and make the right decision.”

While considered a running back prospect, Ngata could end up as a slot receiver in college.  According to MaxPreps, he had 36 catches for 666 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.  He also rushed for 874 yards and 10 touchdowns and averaged 9.8 yards per carry.


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