On the eve of the most important decision in his son's young life, Tony Daniels finds himself with everyone else. He doesn't know where his offspring will head to college.
Four-star Dallas Bishop Dunne Defensive Tackle Darrion Daniels will let his father and everyone else in on his news Friday night at 7 p.m. CT on the CBS Sports Network. Tony said that his son will be choosing between Iowa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. He'll be doing the hat trick.
Scout.com ranks Darrion Daniels as the No. 22 DT in the Class of 2015. He's rated second at the position in talent-rich Texas.
Darrion wrapped up his official visits this past weekend with a stop at Iowa with his family. He then went on a retreat this week. He was scheduled to return from it on Friday.
"He asked me before he left if I wanted to know right when he got back before he made his official announcement," Tony Daniels said. "He told me he would decide on the retreat and know when he got back. I told him I didn't want to know. I want to be surprised like everybody else."
Tony Daniels starred at Texas Tech before enjoying an NFL career. He's tried to allow his son to make his own choice without promoting his alma mater.
"I took him to Lubbock his first time and showed him around but he's also gone up there by himself and hung out with the guys," Tony said. "I still know a lot of people there but I want him to make his own decision. I answer questions (about Tech) if he has them."
Tony speaks with Darrion about the football aspects of his decision but his main focus is feeling comfortable where he's sending his son.
"When I talk to the coaches, I'm coming at it from a parent's perspective. I want to know how the coaches are going to interact and take care of my kid," Tony said. "I really like this group of schools. They're all long-tenured head coaches except Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech) and you know what they're about. They're all great choices and I don't think he can go wrong."
Kirk Ferentz at Iowa and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops have been leading their programs for the last 16 seasons. Mike Gundy just finished his 10th in Stillwater. Kingsbury, 35, has guided the Red Raiders for the last two falls.
Tony Daniels also praised the assistant coaches leading the recruiting for the four schools. He played in the NFL against Iowa's LeVar Woods, who lined up with Oklahoma's Jerry Montgomery with the Hawkeyes at the beginning of Ferentz's tenure. Stoops played at Iowa when Ferentz was an assistant there in the '80s.
"That's a pretty crazy scenario," Tony said.
Trey Haverty, also a Texas Tech alumnus, has been pursuing Darrion for the Red Raiders. Oklahoma State placed Tim Duffie out front.
Iowa is the only school to offer scholarships to Darrion, his younger brother, Damion Daniels ('17), and their cousin, Jordon Robertson ('16).
"I heard them talking about it," Tony said. "They thought it would be kind of cool. But I also could see them wanting to play against each other. They've been playing together for awhile."