Springville senior Brandon Daniels signed a baseball scholarship last week to Division II Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. Daniels is the 17-year-old son of Craig and Kelley Daniels of Springville.
Daniels has played for the Tiger baseball team since the seventh grade. He has played first base and in the outfield. He said he chose Lee over a few other colleges because when he made his visit, he felt at home.
“The coaches embraced me,” he said. “It’s a dream come true to sign this baseball scholarship. My brother is playing college baseball, my dad played college baseball and my grandfather played professional baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies. I would love to play for the Chicago Cubs one day.”
Daniels maintains a 3.6 GPA and plans on majoring in sports management. He said the few years he has played for the Springville Tigers has had its ups and downs.
“We’ve continued to get better each year, and it has been fun,” he said.
Springville head baseball coach Jonathan Ford said Daniels has started for three years. He played first base his first two years and made the transition to center field this past year. Daniels is a two-time member of the All-Area team. During his junior year, he batted .379 with eight home runs, had 36 RBIs and scored 53 runs. This success allowed Daniels to be selected to 1st Team All-State.
“Brandon has always been a high-energy guy that works extremely hard,” Ford said. “Lefties usually have to be a first baseman or an outfielder, but when you get one that can do both really well, it is special. Lee University will not be disappointed in what Brandon brings to their program.”
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