Official visits mean different things to recruits. A priority for one recruit doesn’t even register on the radar for another.
Euless (Texas) Trinity defensive tackle Chris Daniels said he had some questions for the Oklahoma staff on his visit to see the Sooners last weekend. The good news for OU fans is they answered everything correctly, Daniels said.
Daniels wouldn’t elaborate on what those questions were, but it’s clear the OU visit was a major success for the Sooners in regard to the Scout 150 talent.
The four-star recruit had already visited OU twice in the spring and summer, but he returned last weekend for his official visit to see OU win 30-29 against TCU.
“It was so much fun,” Daniels said. “It was a great vibe all over Norman. Everybody was laughing and joking around. Everybody felt like they were close to each other.”
Daniels was hosted by redshirt freshman Neville Gallimore, whose message was clear. Daniels said Gallimore stressed that OU is not just good at football, but it’s a complete campus where you can enjoy yourself and make the best of the situation.
There were a lot of defensive targets who got started with former coach Jerry Montgomery. Daniels actually isn’t one of those guys. First-year coach Diron Reynolds has been there from the start with Daniels and that relationship has only gotten better and better.
“He has a lot of experience, in and out of the league (NFL),” Daniels said. “His relationship with all his recruits has been very good. He’s someone who doesn’t just talk about football. He talks about life and your major and how this decision will help you.”
Reynolds has a lot of support in his corner. Daniels was on the visit with his parents and his brother. Daniels said his brother definitely wants him to go to OU and his mother would like it, too, because it’s only three hours away from home.
Daniels sounds like a recruit ready to make that call. He said he will make his decision Dec. 18, which also just happens to be his birthday.
He has made official visits to OU and Michigan and said, as of now, he has no other official visits scheduled. That could change with schools like TCU, Miami and Alabama in the mix, but Daniels is dead-set on announcing on his birthday.
His opinion about OU following the visit?
“I’m not going to elaborate more on it, but I was really impressed with it,” Daniels said.
Daniels senior season was a major success until a surprise loss in the first round of the UIL playoffs. He learned this year about INAM (It’s Not About Me). Daniels said he learn to be selfless. Sometimes he didn’t have to be the one making the play.
If he was double-teamed or triple-teamed and a teammate made the stop, that’s all well and good, too.
As the process starts to wind down for Daniels, he’s realizing one thing. He’s mentioned the relationships with the coaches and players. He’s talked about tradition. But something else has recently popped up.
“Distance wasn’t a factor at first,” Daniels said. “But I’m a family-oriented guy. Distance is a big thing here going forward.”
Daniels was one of three Texas defensive tackles hosted by the Sooners last weekend.