Daniels Returns Home To Check Out Razorbacks

Arkansas will welcome in eight 2016 grid prospects this weekend, including four in-state prospects with offers and an Arkansas native now living in Texas who hopes to land one in Euless, Texas, Trinity defensive lineman Chris Daniels (6-4, 290), who was born in Little Rock.

Euless, Texas, Trinity defensive tackle Chris Daniels was born in Little Rock and has been back to Arkansas nearly every summer since moving around when he was five.

But this weekend’s trip to Fayetteville is different than most as this one is more about business than pleasure.

Daniels (6-4, 290) is one of eight 2016 prospects that are expected to be on hand for unofficial visits on Saturday.

“I am a native of Arkansas and have a lot of family in Arkansas and they would love for me to be a Razorback,” Daniels said. “I’m looking forward to getting up there and having a chance to really check out the program.”

Daniels already has 16 offers from Baylor, Colorado State, Kansas, Miami, Fla., Michigan, North Texas Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, USC, Utah State, Washington and Western Michigan.

He’s looking to add one from Arkansas this weekend.

“I hope that is what happens,” Daniels said. “I want that offer from my home state. I know Arkansas goes about the process a little slower than some teams, but they want to make sure that they are only offering the best of the best.”

He was impressed with what he saw from Arkansas down the stretch as the Razorbacks won three of their last four games – including downing Texas 31-7 to finish 7-6.

“I think they have got a great group of coaches and really have gotten things turned around and heading in the right direction,” Daniels said. “All my family there in Arkansas is excited.”

Daniels – who has a 350-pound bench press and 500-pound squat - moved to Michigan when he was five and eventually to Texas, but has been back plenty to see his family.

His grandfather has been a teacher for 30 years at Fuller Middle School and his dad played quarterback for Little Rock Mills back in the day.

“I also have an aunt that just graduated from Arkansas and she has made it clear to me that I need to be a Razorback and that it is a great school and a great program,” Daniels said.

“I’ve been to Arkansas just about every summer for family things like birthdays and vacations and stuff like that,” Daniels added.

Daniels, who moved to Texas in 2013 and wants to continue wearing No. 7 in college, is coming off a season in which Euless Trinity finished 12-2.

The Trojans lost to eventual state champion Allen 30-27 in the Class 6A Division quarterfinals.

Allen – who has won 42 straight games – stopped Trinity on 4th and inches at its own 11 in the fourth quarter and used a 12-play drive for the game-winning field goal.

“We were right there,” Daniels said.

Trinity, who won state titles in 2005, 2007 and 2009, will open its 2015 season by hosting California power De La Salle – who finished No. 3 nationally in the USA Today high school poll last season.

“We are a program that strives for championships every year and know that only happens if you put in the work every day,” Daniels said. “We had a great season, but came up just short in our final game. That will push us for next season.”

Daniels – who plans to major in theater arts and minor in journalism - believes his work ethic is his biggest strength on the football field.

“I am big and fast and obviously that helps me out there on the field,” Daniels said. “But I also think it is about how hard I work every day to get better.

“I came up with this saying that if it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t count,” Daniels added. “That’s the only way to keep moving forward every day.”

Daniels is also hoping to add an offer from Texas A&M, where he is visiting on Friday, but says he is in no hurry to commit anywhere.

“I’m just trying to take this all in and I really not going to rush into a decision,” Daniels said. “I’m just going to try and make the right decision. I want to be sure and I want to commit and then stay committed.

“I’ll probably wait until after my season is over, but I don’t want to take it all the way to National Signing Day,” Daniels added.

The other prospects due in this weekend include the four in-state prospects that have Arkansas offers in Hope defensive end McTelvin Agim(6-3, 260), Star City defensive lineman Austin Capps (6-5, 304), Pulaski Robison athlete T.J. Hammonds (5-10, 190) and Smackover wide receiver and Razorback pledge Jordan Jones (6-1, 170, 4.38).

Also expected in this weekend are Manvel, Texas, linebacker Jordan Carmouche (6-2, 220), Bastrop, La., wide Isaiah Graham (6-3, 180) and Trophy Club, Texas, Byron Nelson offensive lineman Kellen Diesch (6-7, 265) .

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