High School: North Raleigh Christian Academy
Parents: Ed and Christy Rose
Position: Wide Receiver
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Also Considered: Gardner-Webb University, Liberty University, Elon University, Randolph-Macon College
Why Bridgewater? Daniel, who is from Wendell, said after talking with many coaches and visiting schools he was initially set on playing Division I FCS football. But he went on an overnight visit to Bridgewater the weekend before he committed and the trip sealed the deal. “The team really made me feel part of the family while I was still undecided and it truly changed my mind,” he said. “The Bridgewater coaching staff wanted me the most and pursued after me the hardest. After that weekend I felt a true sense of community at Bridgewater, and that was something I wanted to be a part of.”
Major: Business Administration, concentration in Sports Management
Most memorable: “Beating rival Ravenscroft for the first time in school history junior year. I will treasure every moment I’ve spent lifting, running, and playing ball with my brothers.”
Notable: Daniel is a three-year varsity letter winner at NRCA, where he caught 116 passes for 1,577 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Knights. He also carried the ball 31 times for 130 yards and accumulated a total of 2,358 all-purpose yards. He was a team captain and overall team MVP his senior year, when he was named to the Big East Independent Conference All-Conference first team and to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II All-State first team. Daniel also led the conference in all three receiving categories (receptions, yards and touchdowns) and was second in receiving in the NCISAA. On defense, he added a total of 87 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception.
NRCA coach Rich Landis: “Daniel is a player/assistant coach type of student athlete. He practices hard, full speed every day and leads by example. Younger players learn more than he can imagine from his effort and leadership.”
Compiled by Aaron Moody