Blinn Cornerback Being Scouted

Blinn Junior College, located in Brenham, Texas, won the NJCAA national championship game against Fort Scott Community College last year. Recently, the Buccaneers have received a lot of attention from Division I programs that were in attendance during their spring game.

On Thursday, Blinn Junior College held its annual Blue and White spring game in front of college coaches representing Utah, TCU, Texas A&M, LSU, UTEP, Houston and BYU, just to name a few. One prospect college recruiters were able to watch was 6-foot-1-inch, 182-pound cornerback Kip Daily.

Daily in 2008

"I'm trying to get up to 185 pounds so I can be more physical for run support," Daily said. "In the weight room, the last test we did I benched 275 and squatted 405. I think I power cleaned 265 and I run a 4.56 forty. Coach [Brad] Franchione works us out pretty good."

Coaches were in attendance at Blinn's spring game to scout out a program that sent 17 players from last year's team to the Division I level. Among the coaches present was BYU wide receiver coach Patrick Higgins. Apparently, BYU is keeping an eye on Daily.

"Since we won the national championship last year, coaches stop by and our coach will introduce us to a lot of different college coaches," Daily said. "I'm not sure who all is exactly watching me right now. We had a combine last Thursday and they introduced all the sophomore players to everyone there. All the college coaches were up in the stands and they got a chance to see all the sophomores run and players play.

"Right now, we get certain coaches that come down that need a defensive back, so we get coaches that come down to watch us. I'm not saying coaches just come down just to watch me, but we get coaches like Texas A&M, TCU and BYU. BYU came down to watch our spring game yesterday, but nothing has really gone very far yet. I know a little about BYU, like where it's located at and a little about the team. It's just the surface stuff, and I don't know all the details and things like that."

With coaches watching nearby, Daily felt he had a productive performance and showed well as he put his skills on display.

"I feel I did well and had a good practice that day," he said. "Me and one of our best receivers Darrin Moore, we try and go at it every day. We went at it for all the college scouts that day. We also have a receiver going to Arizona next year and his name is Dexter Ransom, and I always tried to go up against him whenever I could because those guys were the best competition. I always want to try and go up against the best."

Daily aims to play Division I football, like many other players at Blinn have gone on to do.

"I am hoping that some of these colleges take interest in me because I want to go to the next level," he said. "That's what I'm here at Blinn for. If I got a scholarship [from BYU] I would feel good about it. It makes me work harder knowing that someone is looking at you. If my coach introduces me to any school, it makes me want to work harder to try."

Next year, Daily looks to play a key role at the cornerback position on the Buccaneer defense as they look to defend their NJCAA national championship.

"The way we do it is if we have someone who can be a leader and play well at the cornerback position, he'll play," Daily said. "If we have more than one player that can do that, then we'll rotate players in to keep guys fresh. We always have good players here, so usually Coach Franchione will rotate players because he can get us playing at the same level. So we rotate a lot, but in crunch time he'll have certain players in. I want to be one of those players that can be counted on in those big situations."

A true freshman last year, Daily didn't play much the first three games of the season, as coaches gradually eased him into receiving playing time out on the field.

"I earned some playing time around the fourth game and did pretty good," he said. "After that I started to get a lot of playing time and was in the rotation from that point on. I still have one more year left."

As for progressing to the next level, Daily is on track to finish his schooling at Blinn after this upcoming season and join a Division I program.

"I should be able to get my school work done and leave in December," Daily said. "This summer I'm taking summer classes to try and finish things up, so I could be at a school in time for the next spring. I didn't redshirt and played my first year, so I'll have three years to play two. I could go to a Division I college and have the option of either redshirting or playing my first year."

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