In a plentiful year for offensive linemen, several tackle prospects have already found their way into the spotlight in the state of Texas. One prospect is apparently coming out from under the radar with schools picking up the attention in the last few weeks.
At 6-foot-7, 325 pounds, tackle Terry McDaniel wasn't going to be off the radar for very long based on size alone. His father and coach, Russell McDaniel, says that his son started as a freshman and has earned accolades for his play on both sides of the ball. Since attending a few combines and with the NIKE Training Camp this weekend, McDaniel appears to very close to his first scholarship offer.
"He's been kind of under the radar, but we went to some junior days and combines," McDaniel's father said. "Then last week, I guess it was Friday, I talked to a coach from LSU, and they said they're pretty sure they're going to offer him based on his video. They want to come up and see him in person when he goes to the NIKE Camp this Saturday.
"If they like what they see, he's supposed to hear about an offer."
Other schools that have shown interest include Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas and Illinois. McDaniel says that he has an early list of favorite schools.
"My favorites right now are LSU, Oklahoma State, and Arizona," McDaniel said. "It's the winning tradition they have. I also like Texas Tech because of their facilities and they have really good coaches. I also love the area."
McDaniel's father says that Texas Tech and Oklahoma State coaches have both been by and have liked what they've seen.
One of the things that McDaniel's father and coach has said about ability is his quick feet. He's also extremely versatile participating in power lifting and basketball. Flexibility and strength are two other assets that many people have been impressed with.
This weekend at the NIKE Camp, McDaniel says he just wants to compete and show everybody what he can do.
"Most definitely," he responded. "Going to this, you've got to step up and do well."