K-State is running second or third to Texas

Despite signing two quarterbacks in this year's class, K-State is in hot pursuit for Texas product Chase Daniel. And according to this dual-threat quarterback, his possible competition at K-State might be minus one.

Kansas State is a two or a three, as of now.

So who is winning the race for quarterback Chase Daniel in the early stages? That one goes to the Texas Longhorns.

Daniel, who completed nearly 67 percent of his passes for 3,762 yards and 42 touchdowns, while rushing for another 1,500 and 18 scores as a junior, is a quarterback that combines the run and pass extremely well, but doesn't prefer one over the other, "whatever wins games," he said. He's an accurate passer, capable of putting up monster passing numbers, but also has 4.50 speed to break the pocket and scramble for great yardage.

But as the recruiting trail begins to heat up for this special Texas product, the Longhorns might not be looking so good. Texas has already offered two quarterbacks, neither of which is Daniel.

Also, Daniel was quick to point out that Texas often has quarterback controversies, something he wants no part of when he earns his shot.

"They have a hard time picking their guy, go back and forth," said Daniel, who has a sister that goes to Texas. "I don't know what it is for them. It's not a lock for me to go there. It wouldn't be hard to get me away (from Texas)."

Daniel has been offered by Missouri and Duke so far. But the Tigers already got the ink of highly-ranked quarterback Chase Patton for its 2004 class.

But in addition to Texas, K-State, Missouri, and Duke, Daniel likes Notre Dame, California, Southern California, and UCLA.

K-State also got the signatures of two prep quarterbacks this season, but Nick Patton, the top signing in the class, may not qualify on the ACT and according to Daniel, K-State coaches have already said that Patton is looking at a switch to defense.

"I like K-State," said Daniel, at 6-foot-1 210 pounds. "I really like what I see there so far. My calculus teacher went there (KSU) and always talks about it. They have nice facilities, run the exact same offense as me, and Coach (Bill) Snyder seems like a very down to earth guy. He knows how to build a winner, that's for sure."

Daniel, who also shines on the baseball field and would like to pursue a dual-sport college career, is considering a visit to Manhattan May 1 for K-State's annual spring game.

And if the right opportunity comes, Daniel said he hasn't ruled out making an early decision, perhaps just as the football season starts in the fall.

"I haven't ruled anything out, but if I what I'm looking for early, I might go ahead and commit," he said. "I don't want to drag it out and miss out of stuff. Also, then I could focus on my season and know where I'm going."

NOTES: A pitcher, Daniel has topped 88 mph with his fastball, hits 86-87 consistently… plans to visit one-day camps at Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Texas, and SMU… also will visit three-day camp at K-State… can pass 65-70 yards in air… has already qualified on the ACT with a score of 22… awaiting results of SAT taken March 27… plans to major in accounting or human resources.


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