Daniels, who was dressed in a Bishop Dunne blazer and tie, looked really sharp and was extremely well spoken. His delivery was as impressive and sharp as his pass rush was all season in leading the Falcons to the TAPPS Division I State Championship. He earned All-State honors on both sides of the football, the second year in a row for him at defensive tackle.
Daniels selected Oklahoma State over a final four that included Texas Tech, where his father played; Oklahoma; Iowa, who has already offered a scholarship to his younger brother that is a sophomore, and, of course, Oklahoma State, which won the derby for his talents.
"After many prayers, talking to my parents and getting tips from my coaches," is how Daniels said he prepped for the decision. He also took a shot at the social networking and the feedback from fans.
"A lot of people don't think those are the right schools for me," Daniels said on The Lemming Report in announcing his decision on the CBS Sports Network program. "On Twitter they are talking dirty about my schools but that doesn't bother me. They say the defenses aren't very good and they are not the right schools for me. I think the defenses can be built up and they are schools where I can go and have an impact."
Oklahoma State had a decent defense last season that had to fight off a lot of adversity as a result of a struggling offense during the heart of the Big 12 season. But the Cowboys offense and defense rebounded for the key bowl clinching win at Oklahoma and the bowl win over a tough Washington team.
Daniels really credited the school, the City of Stillwater, and the coaching staff for his decision on the Cowboys.
"Everything about Oklahoma State and Stillwater amazes me," Daniels said as he showed off a double pistols firing. "When I went there the players were great and I love the campus. The players said a lot of great things about the coaches and how they are always there for you and not just on the field. They are there for you academically and in your personal life. The doors are always open."
Daniels is a really expressive young man and that, for him, includes on the field as this past season he had 67 total tackles, 38 unassisted, 28.0 tackles for loss, and 8.0 sacks.
His college offers included not only the four schools that were his finalist but also Baylor, Missouri, Arizona State, Louisville, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, Notre Dame, Ohio State, TCU, Texas, and Wisconsin.
The bonus would be if there were several running backs watching Daniels' announcement tonight and start thinking that maybe the big defensive tackle is on to something in heading to Oklahoma State. There should be some opportunity soon for Daniels, but there could be almost immediate opportunities for a running back.