Varsity Preps

Daniel Sprinkle, #21 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

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Football can sometimes be a family affair. That is the case for White Hall’s Daniel Sprinkle, the younger brother of current Arkansas Razorback tight end, Jeremy Sprinkle. Daniel Sprinkle is a two way player, much like his brother in high school, but it appears that the younger Sprinkle may be destined for the defensive side of the ball. Only time will tell though if Daniel Sprinkle will join his elder brother at the highest level of college football.

Sprinkle comes in measuring at 6’3” 222 lbs. which is a great frame for preparing a college career at either defensive end or outside linebacker. Although most will say that defensive end is the likely road for Sprinkle, I believe that outside linebacker may be the best thing to happen for the young Sprinkle. He does not currently play a traditional defensive end at White Hall. He plays a stand-up rush end which most college schools don’t employs with not many 3-4 defenses out there. That is where the outside linebacker position works out for Sprinkle. He possesses good closing speed off the edge. Sprinkle runs a 4.7 40 time and has recorded double digit sacks in his career at White Hall. He would make an excellent edge rusher at the outside linebacker. One major requirement in today’s game to the outside linebacker position is being athletic, and Sprinkle is just that. A multi-sport athlete, Sprinkle has excelled at baseball and obviously multiple positons in football.

Both Sprinkle brothers didn’t garner much attention, except for the schools within the Arkansas state line. Daniel Sprinkle has yet to be offered by any school but Arkansas is still evaluating him pretty hard. Arkansas tight end coach Barry Lunney Jr. is his lead recruiter. The other schools that have had interest in Sprinkle are Baylor and Arizona State. Sprinkle has attended the Arkansas summer camp the last two years, and looks to do the same this summer. This camp may be the trip that produces an offer for Sprinkle.

Sprinkle is a different kind of football player from his brother, but at the same time, is just like his brother in the shear amount of athleticism that they both hold. One just plays offense in college, and the other should play defense in college. The older Sprinkle just has more length standing at 6’6”.

The Verdict: Daniel Sprinkle has the potential to make a pretty solid rush outside linebacker at the college level. I think he could make it at a school at Arkansas but only after redshirting a year. Sprinkle is going to need to once again, camp well this summer so that he can grab an offer from the Razorbacks. Bret Bielema’s two favorite positions are tight end and defensive end and Sprinkle plays both so he will enjoy working with a young man like that. If he doesn’t get the offer, he could make an all-conference defensive end/outside linebacker in a non-AQ FBS football conference. Once again for a lot of these prospects, camping is key.

Pros: Athleticism, Length, Closing Speed

Cons: Initial Speed, Moving Positions

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