Rivals250 DT goes Big 12
Euless (Texas) Trinity Rivals250 defensive tackle Chris Daniels has been planning to announce his college commmitment at his 18th birthday party. He had his options narrowed down to Alabama, Michigan, and Oklahoma, and he was ready to announce in front of his friends and family.
#Rivals250 DT Chris Daniels (@clicclac97) is all smiles after announcing his #Sooner commitment @JLMcCuistion pic.twitter.com/bby19OVeNn- Jason Howell (@RivalsJason) December 19, 2015
THE LATEST: Chris Daniels becomes the newest Oklahoma Sooner commitment, bringing Oklahoma's 2016 recruiting class to 14 prospects. He is the sixth four-star prospect to join the class and he is the fifth Rivals250 member. He does plan to take his final three official visits to Alabama, Texas, and either Arkansas and Ohio State in January. He took official visits to Michigan and Oklahoma in November.
IN HIS WORDS: On why Oklahoma: "They were one of the first ones to offer me before anyone else. The fanbase there is crazy. Their fans show me the most love on Twitter. On any social media I have they always show me love. When I say all the coaches DM me on almost the daily, it's crazy. They all try and have a good relationship with me. And I really feel like it's not too far away from home. It's about three hours away."
On when he knew his choice: "To be honest I kind of knew before I took the official visit, but the official visit was the cap to the soda."
PROSPECT ANALYSIS: Daniels definitely passes the eyeball test. He stands in at a solid 6-foot-3, 300-pounds and he does not carry a lot of bad weight. His explosive first step and strength quickly put opponents on their heels, and he commands multiple blockers. He attacks double teams, and he is quick to shed blocks and get down the line. His size and athleticism make him a candidate to line up at several spots along the line and play different roles in different defensive fronts.
RIVALS' REACTION: Michigan and Oklahoma have been popular projections as he has narrowed his list and not just because they have been his only official visits. Michigan was a childhood favorite, he has family ties to the state, and coach Mattison has spent years recruiting Daniels. Oklahoma on the other was his first power five offer, have recruited him hard from the beginning, and the Sooners are right down the road from his home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In the end it came down to the attention from Sooner coaches and fans and distance did not hurt either. He still plans to take his official visits, but those in Norman should feel good about the strength of his commitment.