OTIS MCDANIEL, WR, 6-1, 180, 4.46, SAN ANTONIO (TAFT HS), TEXAS:
San Antonio Taft wide receiver Otis McDaniel III talks about his offer from Oklahoma and his interest in the Sooners in an exclusive OUInsider.com interview.
This 6-foot-1, 180-pounder tallied nearly 18 yards (24 catches, 424 yards, 5 TDs) per reception last season, while averaging 29.4 yards per kick return.
McDaniel, who runs a legitimate 4.46, is also one of the Lone Star State's most dominating tracksters. Just last week, he set three season bests while winning all five events in which he competed during the year-end District 28-5A meet.
There, McDaniel won the long jump, triple jump, 100- and 200-meter dashes and ran a leg of the 400 relay to qualify for the Region IV-5A meet (April 25-26) at Alamo Stadium in all five events.
He also leaped a season-best 45-8 3/4 to win the triple jump and repeated the feat in the 100 at 10.52. Taft also ran a 42.07 in the 400 relay to set a season best.
On Wednesday night, OUInsider.com actually caught up with McDaniel, a feat most cornerbacks and fellow tracksters only dream of, for a rare interview in which he pondered the possibility of attending Oklahoma.
OUInsider.com: As of right now, Oklahoma is the only school to have officially offered you a scholarship. They did so last month, but you've yet to verbally commit. Any particular reason why?
OM: "Not really. It's only April, so I've plenty of time till national signing day. I'd really like to look around and take some visits. I'm not in a big hurry to make my commitment."
OUInsider.com: With that in mind, what schools are you currently considering?
OM: "Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas Christian, Louisiana State and Iowa."
OUInsider.com: Of those schools, do you have a favorite?
OM: "Yeah, I'd probably say Oklahoma or TCU."
OUInsider.com: You're projected to play wide receiver in college. How would you describe your football abilities?
OM: "I just do what I do. Most of it's purely instinct, so that explains my speed. I usually just outrun everybody. You really can't compare me to anyone, because I try to be my own player."
OUInsider.com: Can you see yourself attending Oklahoma?
OM: "Most definitely. I think I'd feel very comfortable there, because I've got family and some church friends that live pretty close to the university."
OUInsider.com: What aspect of Oklahoma's football team interests you the most?
OM: "The coaching staff, especially Bobby Jack Wright, because he's so easy to get along with."
OUInsider.com: Besides football, youíre also a highly touted track prospect. If it came down to playing either football or track in college, which sport would you pick?
OM: "I prefer track, but I'd chose football, even though running track in college figures to have a significant role in the college I choose to attend."
OUInsider.com: Any summer football camp plans?
OM: "I'll try and get to a few camps, but summer track takes up a lot of my time. I might camp at Texas."
OUInsider.com: Speaking of Texas, you once listed them among your favorites, but you donít anymore. Any reason why?
OM: "It's a good program, but I just don't think it's the place for me."
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