University of Texas commit Greg Daniels is not the only prospect emerging at Houston St. Pius X High School in 2010.
The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Daniels committed to the Longhorns last weekend after holding an offer from Oklahoma. He also unofficially visited Baylor but they did not pull the trigger on an offer.
"We were up in Coach (Oscar) Giles' office just visiting and they called us into Coach (Mack) Brown's office," he said. "Coach Brown said they were offering and I told them yes right there. I've been a Longhorn fan since I was four years old so it was like a dream to get the offer."
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Daniels didn't play basketball this winter to focus on getting prepared for the 2009 season.
"I just needed to go through the offseason and focus on football," he said. "I've been working on transforming my body for football. I also wanted to get healthy for the spring. I played our last four games with a broken collarbone that I didn't know about, so I needed to get that healed up."
While Daniels is solid in his commitment and says his recruitment is over, athlete Venric Mark's is just beginning. The 5-foot-8 speedster has been offered by Rice, and is taking unofficial visits to Vanderbilt, Baylor and Penn State in weeks to come.
"I pattern my game after Florida's Percy Harvin," he said. "I'm looking to play the slot receiver position in college and a school with great academics."
While the slot is a perfect fit for Mark, it is his ability to return kicks that has put him on the map.
"You just can't kick to him," former coach Robin Kirk said. "Coaches tried to kick away from him and he would still end up with the ball and return it. He's a homerun hitter and a football player with tremendous speed. He's not a track guy that likes football. He can cut on a dime and accelerate better than anyone I've coached."
Playing opposite of Daniels is Kirk Poston, a 6-foot-2 end with great technical skills. Poston has been offered by Duke and is hearing from Rice and Stanford early in the process.
"He is going to use every move in his arsenal to get to the quarterback," Kirk said. "He has great hands for the position and is a physical athlete. He's also very coachable."