The Lost Oklahomans: Riley Daniel

Some recruiting networks still list Ringling, Okla., offensive tackle prospect Riley Daniel as a solid commitment to Houston. Others have caught on that after an official visit to Baylor on the weekend that the Bears defeated Oklahoma State, and then after an offer the next week from the West Texas headquarters of Texas Tech, Daniel is saying he is waiting to make a decision until January.

"With these new offers I have a lot to look at and think about, so I'm going to hold off my final decision until January," Riley Daniel said.

The 6-6, 310-pound Daniel was in Stillwater this summer at the Oklahoma State padded lineman camp, and I watched as he dominated the competition that was in Stillwater. He put on a pretty good show against the best player he saw in Lawrence, Kan. junior defensive end Amani Bledsoe. Those two were awesome to watch against each other. It was real football on a camp day in July.

Bledsoe has an Oklahoma State offer but the apparent tough as nails Daniel still does not from either Oklahoma State or rival Oklahoma.

Tulsa has offered but Houston got an early commitment from Daniel and now offensive line coach Randy Clements at Baylor and assistant Lee Hays at Texas Tech are both trying hard to lure the Oklahoman to Texas. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College is trying to keep him Oklahoma and let him get immediate playing time out of high school and perhaps get to an in-state school as soon as his true sophomore year.

I will be honest, having watched him play, Daniel sure looks like what I'd expect to see in a bonafide Division I offensive tackle prospect. He plays the position on offense with a defensive lineman's attitude, which is another trait I really enjoy.

Daniel is found in Texas and some part of Oklahoma, but he is still on our list of Lost Oklahomans.

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