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Dallas Bishop Dunne Rivals250 defensive tackle Darrion Daniels has seen scholarship offers arrive from several of the top college programs across the country, and on Saturday he announced his top 10 at Bishop Dunne's media day.
"I'm giving out my top 10 out of the offers I have," Daniels said. "My top 10 is not in any order. Well, it's in the order they offered in. OU, Arizona State University, Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State University, Iowa, UT, Illinois, Mizzou, and LSU."
Narrowing his list was not easy, but there were a few reasons why the 10 programs made the cut.
"I'm not going to say the attention they gave me, but the kind of attention they gave me," Daniels said. "It wasn't just the coaches coming after me. It was like a lot of players hitting me up on Twitter and following me on Twitter. I had a lot fans hit me up on Twitter. I have a few teammates who go to the schools and they talk really good on them."
Daniels will likely make another round of cuts before the start of the upcoming season.
"I want to say probably a little before the season I will have my top five and probably have what schools I want to take an official to," Daniels said. "It's going to be hard but I'm going to break it down."
Three schools are well-positioned to survive Daniels' next cut.
"For sure I know OU and Baylor and Tech," Daniels said. "Those are three that are most definitely going to be in there."
The three schools have made a strong push to the top of his top 10, and each has made a strong impression on the standout lineman.
"Just every time I go to Baylor it's just live," Daniels said. "Everything is live and loud and turnt. Music is playing all the time and the coaches are always up and down and in my face.
"Oklahoma, it was my first offer and because of that I will always keep them in the running. And when I went to OU, it's not normal. It's a house of champions, so when you walk in you feel good about yourself.
"(Texas Tech defensive line) Coach Haverty is on my back all the time, and me and Peyton, we're real close with the family. We're always talking Texas Tech and talking about how I can go up there and be like my father. He has a lot of kids on Twitter like Breiden Fehoko he's been texting me and always telling me good things about them."
Oklahoma is the only school Daniels knows he will definitely visit officially, but he has talked to a few more programs about taking official trips.
"I've been talking to coach Gush (at Baylor) about one, and me and coach Haverty we've been trying to find a game for me to come out," Daniels said. "I've talked to coach Woods from Iowa about one too, but we'll have to see how that plays out."
Illinois is also a program he is thinking about visiting, but he does not know whether he will take an official visit or an unofficial visit at this point.
Daniels will be keeping a close eye on several of his contenders this fall.
"Honestly I want to see what Tech is going to do this year because this is the first recruiting class Tech has actually had," Daniels said. "And I'm looking to see what big things Baylor and UT are going to do. Because Baylor, people say it's just a one-hit wonder and that they're just going to have one good season and I want to see if it's consistent. And coach Strong, I want to see how he's going to do under control of a new team."
Daniels plans to take his official visits during the season, and he hopes to reach a decision by late November or early December.
He is currently ranked No. 155 in the Rivals250 and No. 20 in the Rivals.com Texas Preseason Top 100. He has played offensive line and all along the defensive front; he has drawn offers on both offense and defense. He does prefer to play the three-technique on the defensive front and he is currently ranked No. 12 among the nation's defensive tackles.
As a junior he registered 80 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and one blocked punt for the Bishop Dunne Falcons.