California DB planning to visit BYU

With the season-ending injury to Trent Trammell, BYU is looking to bring another defensive back into the program. The Cougar defensive staff believes they may have one, and this prospect is extremely excited about this recent development.

On the first day of spring camp, Trent Trammell went down with a torn ACL. Lying on the ground holding his knee, he was writhing in pain as trainers rushed to his side to aid him.

Trammell was supposed to be a candidate to fill the vacancy left by graduated boundary cornerback Preston Hadley. That window of opportunity is now closed because of his injury, so the Cougar staff went back to the drawing board and remembered a talented prospect they had once recruited.

"I'm really excited about this and I actually want to go there to BYU," said cornerback Robertson Daniel. "I'm really interested in BYU's program and like the honor code and stuff like that. It's a great place to play football and to stay focused and get an education while being at a place that expects more from you. I really like that."

BYU contacted DeAnza Community College head coach Dan Atencio regarding Daniel.

"A call from DB coach Nick Howell came in asking for my transcripts," Daniel said. "He's interested in me coming over there and playing DB, and we're thinking about setting up a visit."

The renewal of interest by BYU is a much welcomed sight in the eyes of Daniel. When he didn't graduate from junior college in the timeframe that Division I colleges wanted, their excitement and enthusiasm in him dropped.

"With some colleges, if you don't get your AA when they want you to get it, they'll shun you," said Daniel. "They'll talk to you for a little bit, but if you don't have it when they want it they'll just stop talking to you. I have a problem with that. If they're really interested in you, they'll wait."

That, however, has allowed BYU to come knocking once again on his door, especially now that he is graduating at the end of March.

"I'm pretty excited and I'm happy that I have a school to go to at the end of March," he said. "It's starting to get really exciting."

Daniel is excited about the recent interest that BYU is showing, but he has kept his excitement bridled, as he doesn't want to count his eggs before he ever gets the proverbial chicken.

"It sounded like they might offer but I don't have the offer yet," said Daniel. "I'm pretty sure after he checks my transcripts and I take a visit, I think we'll probably talk about that. The hint was pretty much bringing me out on a visit. He's not going to bring me out on a visit unless they offer me a scholarship, and he kept telling me to search to see if this was the right place for me."

So Daniel did just that.

"I was looking at a few videos on their defense and I looked at a couple of videos on the type of players they have on their team," said Daniel. "All those players just seem like they want to win and they're all great guys. BYU is just a place where you experience great football, get a great education and be around good people. It's a place where I can just worry about my assignments and not be distracted by other things. It's just a good fit for me."

A humble and spiritually devoted young man, Daniel knows BYU expects its student athletes to live their faith to the fullest, and that's also why he's attracted to the university.

"It's why I feel BYU is a good fit for me. I can just focus on football and school without all the other distractions and stuff.

Meanwhile, there will be two Snow College defensive back prospects visiting BYU's practice on Friday. One is 5-foot-11-inch, 175-pound cornerback Ronald Tyler (class of 2013) and the other is 5-foot-10-inch, 190-pound defensive back Tana Afeaki, who could play free safety.

Daniel hopes that he will visit BYU soon.

"I was told that I could go on a visit this weekend if BYU received my transcripts," said Daniel. "I'll have to wait and see."

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