Top Cali Defensive Back to Commit to BYU

BYU's next anticipated verbal commitment was a second team all-state defensive back in California as a junior. The Colton High School star received his official offer in the mail from BYU earlier today. He plans on calling Cougar coaches tomorrow to accept the offer. This 6-foot-2, 200 pound safety will be BYU's third commit of the 2008 recruiting season.

Last Thursday, Daniel Sorensen spoke with BYU assistant coach Patrick Higgins who told him that the Cougar coaching staff was going to review his film. The days that followed were a thrilling experience for the young defensive back.

"I had talked to Coach Higgins the recruiting coordinator for this area on Thursday of last week," said Sorensen. "He said, ‘Hey were going to have a meeting tomorrow, and we're going to show your film to the rest of the coaches and talk about it and hopefully we'll have some good news after that.' He didn't tell me everything that was going to go on but I kind of had an idea, and then as soon as I got home from baseball practice the next day on Friday, my uncle was calling and told me that I needed to call Coach Higgins. He said, ‘Hey you gotta call Coach Higgins and call him back, he has some good news.'

"I kind of figured out what was going on but I called him anyways, and as soon as I got on the phone with him he said, ‘Danny, we want to offer you a scholarship' right off the bat. I was just shocked! We talked a little bit after that about how they were going to mail out the offer and how impressed the coaches were with my film and all that. He wants to see if I can come take a trip up there to BYU so I can meet all the coaches and stuff."

Earlier today, Sorensen got that official offer letter in the mail.

"I got the official letter today," said an excited Sorensen. "It was propped up against my picture on the table. I haven't opened it up yet. I should frame it and put it up on my wall or something."

"My whole family was going crazy. My mom got on the phone right after that and called all of my brothers and sisters. They knew right away after a couple of minutes when BYU offered me a scholarship. I had just gotten back from baseball practice and I was kind of tired and just wanted to come home and relax. After Coach Higgins told me that, I was just so excited. I'm still kind of trying to get over it. It's just so surreal, and it hasn't really hit me that after high school I'm going to be going up to BYU and playing there for four years and getting my education paid for. It's just so exciting to know that I'm going to be playing D-I football up at BYU. Not very many kids get that opportunity. This really is a blessing."

Soon Daniel called his older brother Cody, who played football at the University of Utah, for some brotherly advice on the situation.

"I talked to my brother the next day that played up at the University of Utah," said Sorensen. "I told him about it and he was super excited. He kind of sounded a little jealous, you know. He was like, ‘Why you and not me?' He basically broke it down for me to help me to know what to expect as far as college and recruiting-wise."

His older brother Cody gave him some sound counsel.

"I was talking to him and I asked him, ‘What should I do, and how should I approach this' and things like that," said Sorensen. "He was like, ‘Well, I don't know if you can get any better offer than this.' He was questioning me if I had a choice where would I go other than BYU, and he was wondering if I wanted to hold out on other offers from like USC or something like that. I was like, ‘No, not really. If anyone else offered me a scholarship I would probably still pick BYU.' He was like, ‘Well, you don't have to commit yet, but I think it would be a good idea to make a verbal commitment. He said it would be good for me to make a verbal commitment to show them that I'm interested and ready to go to that college.' I already have an offer from Ole Miss, but I don't have any real reason to go there, so I really started to feel comfortable right there about committing to BYU."

Although he has been contacted by many college recruiters and has received a lot of letters from major programs from throughout the country, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound hard hitting safety told that he plans on committing to BYU coaches as soon as possible.

"I'll probably call Coach Higgins tonight or tomorrow and talk to him and let him know that I want to commit to BYU, so I'm basically committing to BYU," said Sorensen. "Coach Higgins wanted me to call him back once I got the letter in the mail, so I'll call him back and let him know. and when I do, that's when I'll be making my verbal commitment to BYU. I just need to call him and talk to him about it. I might even have to talk to the head coach also. I'm excited."

Because he was one of California's top junior defensive backs, Sorensen has received a lot of early attention from top programs across the country.

"It's kind of funny because when I'm walking to the weight room each day you check in your attendance," said Sorensen. "[Colton High head coach] Strauss has his little desk in front of him and he's got all the stacks of letters sitting there, and you can see if you've received any mail. Usually there are one or two letters but sometimes there are seven or eight for you. I've received a lot of letters from colleges that I wouldn't have expected like Boston College on the east coast. I wasn't expecting anything from them, but I've received letters from BYU, Washington and Colorado sends me a lot of stuff.

"I've gotten letters from Arizona State, a couple letters from Cal and schools all across the country like Nebraska and Duke. I've gotten a couple of letters from UCLA and USC, and I've talked to both of their recruiting coordinators who recruit in this area. They both swung by my school, and I've talked to them and both gave me their business cards and stuff. Nebraska flew out and stopped by my school when they were making their rounds, and I got a chance to talk to them as well, and that was pretty cool."

With all of the early recruiting attention, why does Daniel Sorensen want to commit to BYU so soon?

"It's just the perfect fit for me," said Sorensen. "I have family up there that are die-hard BYU fans. When we went up to the BYU vs. Oregon bowl game, half of my mom's family was up there cheering for BYU. They had on all of their BYU jackets, hats and sweatshirts, and I've been up there a couple of times and I'm familiar with their campus. I've seen and talked with a couple of the coaches and just having my cousin [Justin Sorensen] going there alone is reason enough. We're like best buds and for me to go to the same college as him and room with him and play college football with him is something I can't think could be better. They also have a great academic program up there, and my sister, my mom, and dad all graduated from there.

"My mom is so funny. Whenever there is a college football game she knows all the background information on where there is a Mormon kid playing on the team. She'll then cheer for that team and always knows where the Mormon kids are playing and stuff. It's pretty funny sometimes.

"There is no better place at all that I can think of. I was offered by Ole Miss and that was really exciting for me, but going all that way over there just didn't seem right to me. If I went over to Ole Miss, I wouldn't know anybody, but going to BYU would be totally the opposite I was just waiting because I was hoping for an offer from BYU. For me BYU is just the perfect fit. I have family up there, and to be chosen out of all the kids there are up in Utah, California and all over the country for a scholarship is just ridiculously awesome! For BYU to offer both me and my cousin is just incredible."

Daniel Sorensen credits his mother, father as well as his high school coaches for his recent scholarship offer.

"It really is a compliment to my parents and my coaches who've done all the hard work, getting film out there and talking to all the coaches," said Sorensen. "It really is a compliment to them, and it's definitely a good day for the Sorensen family. I just can't believe it."

Daniel recently spoke to his cousin Justin Sorensen, who also committed to BYU this month and is one of the nation's top kicking prospects out of Bingham High School, about his recent BYU scholarship offer.

"We talked that day a couple of minutes after I got off the phone with Coach Higgins," said Daniel. "We talked about what our plans will be and about rooming together and being buddies up there at BYU. It was pretty awesome! I'm going up there this summer and I'm going to spend a week up there. It will just be me and him. We'll have a lot of time to hang out and stuff."

"I can't wait to play football with him," said Justin about his cousin Daniel. "Oh wow! I'm going to be playing football with my cousin! That will be sweet because we can room together and everything. I don't get a chance to see him very much because he lives in California, but we've talked about coming to BYU and rooming together. I think committing to BYU will be a great decision for him and we'll have a lot of fun down there playing football together."

After being named a California second team all-state selection as a defensive back, Daniel Sorensen has set his sights on improving himself for his final senior season at Colton High School.

"I just want to improve on all the things that I've received from last year as far as accolades and awards that I've received," said Sorensen. "As far as just playing the game there are a few things that I want to work on to become more of a sound player in general. I want to workout my weaknesses and focus on those things this year. My brother told me that this year I need to start playing as if I'm already playing Division I football. He told me to play like I'm already at the next level to get ready for the speed, the hitting, and all that for the next level at BYU."

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