Mastery Charter North football standout Daniel Braggs is a player who has succeeded on and off the field. Braggs was honored as one of 60 students in the Tri-State area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) for the Mini Maxwell Awards of the Maxwell Football Club. The ceremony was held Jan. 10 at Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill.
The award recognizes students for their efforts on the playing field, in academics and in the community. The Mini Max high school awards honors the top players in Philadelphia and in the PIAA Districts 1, 3, 11 and 12. Mastery Charter North is a member of District 12. The student-athletes are nominated by their coaches. Braggs was among those honored at the special awards dinner.
“Daniel is a four-year starter for my program,” said John Davidson, Mastery Charter North head coach. “He’s a three-year captain for me. He has a 3.19 GPA [grade point average]. Overall, he has demonstrated a lot of responsibility and growth and maturity over the last four years. I am proud as a coach. My coaching staff is proud of him. The teachers of the school are proud of him because you’ve seen the growth.
“Mastery [Charter North] starts in the seventh grade. So watching this young man grow from the sixth grade in the middle school to high school and now to leave in a few months, head onto the college level and make his mark there.”
Braggs, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior, had a nice time at the awards ceremony.
“It felt real good,” Braggs said. “It was a good time around a lot of people.”
Braggs has received interest from Ursinus College, Bloomsburg University, Kutztown University, Millersville University and Monmouth University. He was a four-year starter at middle linebacker. Braggs recorded more than 300 tackles in his scholastic career. He also played left and right guard.
“Any runs that got past me,” Braggs said. “I felt like it was my fault. “My 11th grade year I got so many pancakes [blocks from offensive linemen]. This year, I got over 10 pancakes. I didn’t want my quarterback to get hurt. He’s always looking out for me.”
In college, Braggs plans to major in business management or engineering.