Milford Buccaneer junior Vance Daniels III has been selected as a running back to attend the Blue-Grey National Super Combine at the New England Patriots Training Complex in Foxboro Massachusetts. Vance finished the 2012 football season on offense gaining 320 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry and 7 touchdowns. On the defensive side, he racked up 56 tackles and 3 blocked field goals.
“Vance was one of the guys who wasn’t the biggest on the field but played like he was the best and better then anybody on the team,” states Milford High School Football Coach Mike Tkach during an interview with the CSA Online Recruiting Center. “He was and is an exceptional cornerback that demonstrates great one-in-one man defense, open field tackling and passing coverage. In his next upcoming years I see Vance being one of the best players along with a couple of recent players in the Milford Varsity Football history.”
The Blue-Grey National Football Combine invites approximately 200 prospects annually from several regions around the country including the Midwest, Heartland Southeast, New England, Northern California, Southern California, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes. Vance has been chosen as a running back from the Mid-Atlantic region and attended the Blue-Grey Mid-Atlantic Football Combine on April 20, held at the Nova Complex, practice site for the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, Vance did not compete at this event due to a pulled hamstring during the beginning of his track season.
A Varsity player on the Milford football team for the past two years, Daniels has also been an important part of the school’s basketball and track and field teams. A running back, cornerback and slot receiver during the fall sports season, Vance runs the 100 and 200 meters during the winter and spring track programs. Looking forward to his senior year, he has already receive notice from colleges around the country including West Virginia, Michigan State, Rutgers, North Carolina, University of Florida and Northern Illinois.
“I have been told that out of 200 players selected for the Blue-Grey National Super Combine, around 150 of them get scholarships each year to play at colleges around the nation,” commented Daniels. “It is a big accomplishment for me.”
His mentor and father, Vance Daniels II continues to instill in his son that education is the most important factor in a young man’s life. Although football may lead to many great opportunities Daniels reminds the younger Daniels that education will allow him to have a happy and successful life.
“He has the talent and practices very hard, I am proud of him,” commented Daniels, referring to his son. “As long as gives one hundred percent and puts his education first, he can go far. Talent with no education does not mean much.”
If Vance performs well at the Blue-Grey National Super Combine in New England he will make the pool to be selected to play the Blue-Grey National All-Star Game that will be played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on January 11, 2014.