OXON HILL – Upon committing to Penn State University on July 17, Oxon Hill High School wide receiver Daniel George also had offers from the likes of Virginia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia.
There were nearly 20 schools to choose from, but for the rising senior, Penn State was the right fit.
“For me, it was the whole atmosphere when I was up there,” George said. “It was like we were a family, and I also know that it’s somewhere I will grow as an athlete and as a man.”
Ever since George had received the offer from Penn State, he had been in touch with Wide Receiver Coach Josh Gattis and became more comfortable with the program because of their relationship.
George started receiving interest and offers after his freshman season with the Clippers. During his first year, he caught 11 passes and ran for 270 yards while accounting for three touchdowns.
Last year the 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver put it all together, as George finished the season with 20 touchdowns, five interceptions on defense, and more than 1,200 all-purpose yards. The Clippers had an 11-1 record but lost to Potomac in the 3A Regional Finals, 34-32, in overtime.
Dajuan Rollins, Oxon Hill’s quarterback, said he sees George like a brother. He said they constantly push each other to be better on the field. Last year, Rollins had a completion percentage rate of 57 percent and threw for more than 2,000 yards.
“Our connection on the field is very strong, and we are always thinking the same thing,” Rollins said. “It has gotten stronger over the years as well.
“He can go get the ball and come down with the 50/50 balls, and he protects the throws with a great catch in the end.”
Oxon Hill Head Coach Craig Jefferies compared Georges' game to former NFL wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Sterling Sharpe. Jefferies says he is just that good.
“He is just a type of kid that has all the physical tools and he is real mature, which I think puts him above everybody in the county,” Jefferies said. “We run a college pro-style offense which involves a lot of passing. He just has solid hands and he attacks the ball every time it is in the air.”
George will see a significant difference in game speed from high school compared to Division I play when he arrives at Penn State. He will face top corners in the Big Ten Conference and go up against top-flight programs such as Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin.
“You know as you move up in every aspect of the game, the speed changes and that will be the biggest adjustment for him,” Jefferies said. “He will see top recruits week in and week out and just from day one that’s something he will need to work on is his speed.”