Dorian O’Daniel always viewed himself as an offensive player. And why not? Even before taking a snap on the Good Counsel varsity, he was already on the radar for many college recruiters.
Two weeks into his junior season, though, O’Daniel is attracting notice for his play on defense. He had two sacks and 5 ½ tackles for loss in the top-ranked Falcons’ season opener and was in on seven tackles (1 ½ for losses) in a 26-21 victory over Gilman in the Patriot Classic this past Saturday night.
O’Daniel, who is 6 feet 1 and 200 pounds, already has scholarship offers from Maryland, Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Purdue, Syracuse and Ohio. But his list could expand significantly in the next few weeks once college coaches see tapes of Good Counsel’s first few games. Before now, there was not much footage of O’Daniel playing linebacker.
“I didn’t like defense at all last year,” O’Daniel said. “I didn’t want to play a lick of defense at all. But the coaches talked to me and persuaded me to play.”
O’Daniel has visited Virginia Tech and was in attendance for Maryland’s season-opening victory over Miami.
“I like [Maryland] a lot,” he said. “It was a lot more than I thought it would be. I liked the crowd, the coaches were intense.”