A small, quick offensive athlete, Eddie Daugherty committed to Eastern MichIgan University.
"This is a great opportunity and I've been dreaming to play division-1 football since I was really young," Daugherty told Hustle Belt. "I'm glad I have an opportunity to further my education too, which is huge."
Despite being an unranked athlete, playing at Mentor High School gives Daugherty the opportunity to play against some of the best talent in the state since it's a Division-I high school. "Being on that level definitely helps," he said. "It gives me the advantage of what I know going into college, playing on that high level."
Daugherty's only other offer came from Notre Dame College, which shouldn't be confused with the Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame College is a Division-II football program in South Euclid, Ohio that plays in the Mountain East Conference.
"I've always wanted to play Division-I football. They're like a family up there and despite the past that they've had, they're changing things around and I want to be a part of the change because the coaches are amazing."
This is EMU's second commit coming in as wide receiver, but he has the flexibility to line up in the backfield as well. As mentioned with Eli Wolf's commitment, wide receiver isn't the biggest need for the team, but adding depth to both positions provides a little bit of a safety net for the program's future. Daugherty could very well be redshirted, which might be favorable, considering how many players will be entering their junior and season seasons in 2015.
But then again, Daugherty is extremely talented. His elusiveness will make the first guy miss his tackle and forces defenders to gang tackle him at times, who seemingly almost never stops moving his feet until he's brought down. There are times when I watched his highlight tape (below) and thought "how did he MacGyver his way out of that?".
Here's a highlight tape of Daugherty courtesy of Hudl: