When Chris Daniels envisioned how his final high school football campaign would go it looked quite a bit like how it’s currently unfolding.
“The season is going pretty good,” the Euless (Tex.) Trinity star stated. “Last year I ended my season with 45 tackles and seven sacks. This year so far I have 43 tackles and three sacks and we still have the playoffs. We’re 10-0. We won districts and we have a first playoff game next week, so things are going pretty good.”
The same is true on the recruiting trail where the four-star defensive tackle amassed offers from many of the nation’s elite before settling on a top five of Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Michigan. Next up on the agenda is hitting the road for official visits, and Ann Arbor is slated to be his first stop.
“I’m taking an official visit to Michigan this weekend for the game against Rutgers,” Daniels reported. “I literally just got off the phone with Coach (Greg) Mattison (late Monday evening). I fly in Friday night.”
The Wolverines had always been among Daniels’ favorites, but they cemented their standing in that group with their on-field performance thus far this year.
“They’re going pretty good in my opinion,” Daniels said of regarding the Maize & Blue. “Their D-Line and the whole football team reminds me of my school. They’re relentless. They never give up.”
Two Friday nights ago Mattison made his way to Texas to see Trinity in action and witnessed firsthand what Daniels is talking about.
“I actually saw him standing on the sideline while I was on the field,” Daniels recalled. “He shot me a thumbs up.”
“(The vibe with Mattison) has been really good. We talk about every other day. Our relationship is really getting stronger and stronger as time goes on.”
That bond is a definite feather in the Maize & Blue’s cap, but so too is the proximity to family members that still reside in Michigan. Daniels’ grandmother, who lives on the west side of the state, plans to meet the talented youngster and his mother in Ann Arbor for the visit. That’s a huge plus for a youngster who once held distance from home among his most important decision criteria.
“That kind of changed from when I released my top ten,” Daniels stated. “I was thinking the prestige (of the school), the coach’s relationship, and how far it’s going to be from home. But I kind of have to put my big boy pants on and step away from the distance (factor) because this life I’m going to live, and (college) is just where I’m going to be living for the next four years.”
“It just depends on how my relationships are with the coaches and what God wants for me… what God says is best for me.”
Daniels doesn’t anticipate it taking too much longer to determine what that is. He has a visit to Oklahoma scheduled for November 21st and hopes to schedule others for his open dates during the next month. After that it will be decision time.
“I was trying to do (commit to a school) on my birthday, which is December 18th, but it’s probably going to be before that,” he said. “Most likely early December.”
“It’s possible that I could take a visit somewhere else (after committing) just to see if I missed out on anything. It depends on how everything goes.”