BYU gets talented junior college commitment

BYU has been on the hunt for another cornerback to fill its defensive ranks. On Thursday the Cougar coaching staff received a verbal commitment from a junior college prospect who was on campus last week for an official visit.

There was a period in time when Texas Tech was exploring the possibility of adding De Anza College's Robertson Daniel to its 2013 roster. However, things worked out in BYU's favor. On Thursday he committed to the Cougar coaching staff.

"I sent BYU a little workout film and they offered me this morning," said Daniel. "I sent them an on-the-field workout where I did some foot and hip work. I showed them some speed work and things like that, nothing too big. Right after that they offered me a scholarship."

It wasn't long after watching the workout video that Coach Howell contacted De Anza College.

"BYU called up my head coach first and then I spoke to them," said Daniel. "Coach Howell was talking to my coach at De Anza, and then after he got done talking to him to spoke with me. That's when they offered me the scholarship. I then spoke to Coach Mendenhall and he was really excited for me. He really likes me and can see the type of person that I am, so he can't wait for me to come in and be a part of his program."

Daniel comes in at 6 feet 2 inches and 200 pounds and is one of the top junior college safety prospects according to's Scott Eklund. Over the past couple of years playing for the Dons, Daniel racked up more than 90 tackles to go along with six interceptions and 13 pass breakups. Now he'll become a BYU Cougar.

"I was really excited and now I can't wait to get out there," Daniel said. "I just have to get ready to play some big-time football out there at BYU."

Daniel intends on sending in his signed letter of intent on Friday.

"The papers are coming in the mail by tomorrow and I'm going to sign it once I get them," Daniel said. "Right after I sign it I'm going to fax them back out to BYU so they can have those quickly. I'm excited about this opportunity and so I'll be waiting for that to come in."

Last week, Daniel came out with Ventura College cornerback Lakeith Murray for an official visit. And, like Murray, he enjoyed every minute of his BYU experience.

"My visit was really good and I was actually really surprised by the visit," Daniel said. "It was highly organized and everything was ran smoothly. The players ran and played hard and I really like it. I really like BYU's program and they stressed a lot of the education side of things. What impressed me a lot was how they cared for me more than football. That's what I saw.

"They really do care about you over there and that's what attracted me to BYU in the first place. They always emphasize about being an honest person and being honest with yourself. I just see myself being at a place that expects the most of you because they care about you. Other schools will try and sell you on the football program, but at BYU they're more concerned about you becoming the best you can be before anything else."

Daniel also enjoyed touring the campus.

"I really liked their broadcasting department and their facilities," said Daniel. "It was, wow, unbelievable how they have their own television station and broadcasting building right on campus that's one of the best around. I got to see all the different rooms and how everything works. I never knew how sophisticated BYU was in regards to broadcasting. It was amazing to see."

While attending practice inside the indoor practice facility, Daniel got a firsthand view of the man who recruited him in action. Coach Howell made an impression on Daniel during the recruiting process, but after Daniel watched him coach, that respect grew exponentially.

"Oh, Coach Howell is an incredible coach and to see him coaching in person really told me a lot about him," said Daniel. "He doesn't like mistakes and you better get it right. He's a really good coach and probably the best DB coach I've ever seen. He knows what he's talking about and I got a chance to see that in the film room. He can give you specifics on what you did right, and that's really important when it comes to self improvement. He just knows each position and how to coach it, and he knows the defense like the back of his hand. It was impressive to see and I'm excited to be coached by someone like him."

Daniel plans on making the most of his BYU experience and wants the Cougar nation to know he'll give it his all.

"When I'm there I want to get my degree," said Daniel. "BYU is a great academic institution, so I want to take full advantage of this great opportunity that's been given to me. I also want to bring my talents to the football field and help make that defense the best it can be. BYU has great coaches and there is a high expectation both on and off the field.

"I just want to say to the Cougar nation, ‘Get ready for an exciting couple of years because I'm coming.' I'll have a few years there and I expect to give it my all to be the best I can be to contribute to that defense. I plan on making the most of it."

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