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Daniels has four teams out front

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Ronnie Daniels has a bunch of offers and is receiving interest from schools across the country as the Albuquerque (N.M.) La Cueva running back tries to focus in on his recruitment.
Texas Tech, Arizona, Tulsa and New Mexico are the four frontrunners at this point for Daniels, who also has offers from East Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico State and San Diego State. Oregon, Cal, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Arizona State are showing interest.
The Red Raiders are one of the favorites for Daniels, a three-star prospect who's rated as the No. 53 running back nationally and fifth in the Rocky Mountain States Preseason Top 8 by Rivals.com. First-year coach Tommy Tuberville's track record with running backs is a big reason why.
"He's had some good running backs play for him," Daniels said. "I'd like to do what those running backs did in the same offense. He's had some running backs go to the league.
"Coach Tuberville is a good coach and going to a good program at Texas Tech. He could make it an even better place because of the coaches he brought in and the athletes he's recruiting."
Arizona is also up near the top for Daniels even though the Wildcats have received commitments from two other running backs in four-star Ka'Deem Carey and three-star Jared Baker.
"The Pac-10 is a great conference to play in and playing for coach (Mike) Stoops, he's a really good coach and they did well last year in the Pac-10," Daniels said. "That's mainly why I like Arizona so much."
Don't count out Tulsa or New Mexico, either. The Tulsa coaching staff has reportedly told Daniels, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect, that he's No. 1 on their running back board and Daniels seems confident New Mexico coach Mike Locksley can turn that program around.
"One time (Tulsa's coaches) called me and offered and said I was No. 1 on their board and they think I'd be a good fit for their offense because of how big and fast I am and I can run and catch," Daniels said.
"Coach Locksley is a good coach. Everywhere he's been, he's won games. Even though they struggled last year I'm sure they're going to bounce back because he did the same thing at Illinois and Maryland. He always wins games so that's why I'm considering them and he's a good recruiter."
Daniels has his four favorites but the two Big Ten programs going after him - Minnesota and Illinois - are also under consideration as well.
"They've shown a lot of interest, Minnesota definitely has," he said. "They're up there because they run the ball so much and as a running back you love that. Illinois has had some good running backs play there, too."
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