“That school got me over some other schools, because they run the same offense as the Bulldogs,” said the 6-foot, 175-pound Daniel, adding that the wing-T offense he has seen the Tigers use is the same style he learned at Tracy High. “They really wanted me as quarterback, and that’s what I always wanted to play.”
University of the South, known as Sewanee to its competitors in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, has had a football program since 1891. The Tigers went 5-5 overall in 2011 and 2-4 in the SCAC.
The private Episcopal liberal arts school also offers the education that the Tracy High senior sought.
While Division III schools can’t offer athletic scholarships, Daniel said that he’s had good enough grades at Tracy High’s agriculture and science academy, including a 3.83 GPA in his senior year, to land an academic scholarship.
“The education really got me,” said Daniel, who will receive his high school diploma June 2.
He added that University of the South has a student-to-teacher ratio of 14-to-1. He plans to major in economics.
“Having a degree from over there would be a pretty big thing,” he said. “I’m going to get a really good education, and the coaches were really interested in me.”
In his four years at Tracy High, Daniel has played quarterback for the freshman, sophomore and varsity teams. He has also played four years of baseball and two years of basketball.