Heading into this week Euless (Tex.) Trinity star Chris Daniels had already racked up a pretty impressive offer sheet. Power-five notables like USC, TCU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, and Mississippi were but a few of the suitors that helped establish him as one of the hottest defensive tackle prospects in the South. Despite that, though, the four-star lineman indicated that there was a program conspicuous in its absence from his offer sheet because of his affinity for it. He hoped that that program would soon add its name to his list. That program was Michigan.
Two days after making that wish clear the Wolverines made it come true.
“I talked to (Michigan recruiting staffer Chris Partridge) and he was kind of (joking around) a little bit,” Daniels recalled. “He said, ‘I’m going to put you on with the defensive coordinator… I don’t know what he is going to say you, but I think he is going to offer you.’ But he was just playing around. Then I talked to the defensive coordinator and he said he watched my film, he really likes me, and he was offering me a full scholarship.”
“I was pretty happy, man. Like I said (last week), Michigan was always a team I wanted to be a part of when I was little. I’ve always been a big fan of the Wolverines because I lived in Muskegon (Michigan). So I was real psyched. I told my family and they were psyched. A lot of my friends called me and everything, so it was really cool.”
Prior to receiving the offer Daniels already had Michigan third on his list behind TCU and Baylor. Though elated with the news he isn’t quite ready to shake up his leaderboard yet.
“It’s still the same right now,” he said regarding his order of favorites. “I just have to go up to the campus and meet them and see more of what they have to offer me.”
“(The visit will likely take place) in the summertime.”
He plans to make his way over to Ann Arbor when he travels to see his family in Muskegon. His familiarity with the Great Lake State and the presence there of much of his mom’s side of the family has made distance a non-issue when it comes to his consideration of the Maize & Blue. But he is quick to add that he believes his comfort with any program will primarily be a function of the coaches and players in it. That’s why he has made it a point visit a number of campuses already, and why he has tentative plans to visit many more in the coming months.
“I don’t want to rush anything,” he later added. “I still want to take it slow and enjoy the recruiting process. It just depends on how everything goes. Right now I just want it to flow. Everything seems to be going well right now by just taking it slow.”