Oxon Hill High School wide receiver Daniel George said he never had any doubt as a freshman that he was going to be a star.
“I had a lot of confidence coming into my freshman year,” George told the AFRO. “I was comfortable coming onto the team. Coach Jefferies is the reason why I have all of these scholarship offers, but when I got to Oxon Hill, he showed me how to handle everything to keep my head in the game.”
Daniel George (center) pictured with his stepfather, Robert Green, and mother, Arlene George. (Courtesy Photo)
The six-foot-two, 201 pound rising senior developed his game under the tutelage of head coach Craig Jefferies who had previous experience in grooming Prince George’s County talent into future NFL players.
Jefferies has coached Washington tight end Vernon Davis, Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Arrelious Benn, and former NFL wide receiver Joshua Cribbs.
With the help of Jefferies throughout the recruiting process, George recently committed to play for Penn State University after he completes his senior campaign with the Clippers this upcoming season.
“The relationship that I had with the coaches and the whole family atmosphere that came with Penn State helped me decide,” said George. “With Penn State not being too far but not too close I think was perfect. I feel like I’m mentally and physically ready to adjust to the game.”
George also received interest from 20 top tier football programs including Ohio State, West Virginia, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
“I’m excited for him,” Jefferies told the AFRO. “He did his homework and research in the schools that were recruiting him, and he thought that Penn State would be a great fit for him regarding helping him to develop into a better player at the next level.”
However, George still believes that he has some unfinished business to take care of in winning a 3A State Football championship title when it is all said and done. Oxon Hill had an 11-1 record a year ago before being knocked out of the Regional Finals against Potomac 34-32 last year.
George was the focal point for the Clippers on both sides of the ball last season after he accounted for 45 receptions for 873 yards and 15 touchdowns including five interceptions on defense.
He showed his big play ability against DuVal last season when he hauled in 11 receptions for 230 yards and two touchdowns.
“I just remember having a conversation with my quarterback before the game talking about doing something special because it was the homecoming game,” George said. “When the game came, we were both on point, and everything just clicked.”
George will have a familiar face throwing the ball in his direction this upcoming season. George has a strong connection with returning quarterback Dajaun Rollins.
“Playing with Daniel is fun, exciting, and competitive because in practice we are always pushing each other to get better,” Rollins told the AFRO. “In the game, it comes easily to us because we are clicking and when we’re hot it’s over. We are always on the same page. He’s a great brother and teammate.”
Rollins threw for over 2,000 yards, and he tossed 28 touchdowns in 2016. He stated that he hopes to hit the 4,000-yard mark under center this year.
“On the field, our connection has been amazing,” George said about Rollins. “This is our third year together, but us working out together over the summer our relationship has gotten even better.”