RECRUITING: Ohio athlete has OU among top five

Columbus, Ohio SS says the Sooners have a great shot because he's looking to leave the Buckeye state.


Alex Daniels is a super talented player who could play a number of positions in college, but with his size and speed many feel he can be a big time strong safety prospect.

"I also play running back and I can play a number of positions," said Daniels. "Most colleges want me to play outside linebacker, but I like strong safety better because I can move around a make more plays. I have played defensive end, linebacker, cornerback and safety on defense, so I have played everywhere. I like strong safety because I can really move around a do some great things from the back end of the secondary."

Daniels finished with 57 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery for a touchdown (80 yards) and four sacks last year on defense. On offense, he finished the season with 800 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, with most of that coming as a third down running back. Those totals were good enough for Daniels to make first team All-City and All-District.

Daniels has been a starter since his ninth grade year (cornerback and wide receiver), then as a sophomore he was a strong safety and receiver before moving to running back. Last season he played strong safety and tailback.

"My sophomore year I had more tackles than my junior year because everybody was double teaming me my junior year," said Daniels. "I had something like 70 tackles my sophomore year, but then everybody started looking out for me and then the double teams came."

Alex can bench 300 pounds, squats 450 and he has a vertical jump of 40-inches, which was the highest jump at the NIKE Elite camp in Columbus, Ohio.

Daniels has been offered by some 20 schools and OU was one of the most recent to offer.

"My top five is Oklahoma, Ohio State, Florida, Miami and USC," said Daniels. "I am still looking for offers from Florida, Miami and USC, but I have a number of great schools other than them that have offered me.

"Oklahoma opened my eyes when it comes to colleges. Coach (Bo) Pelini was great when he came to see me, and when I talked to Coach Stoops they talked and showed me how they could take advantage of my great blitzing ability. Their defense is great and they seemed so fired up about it. I am in an interesting situation because I want to leave home, but it is going to be tough to leave my mom. I am really thinking hard about OU, and OU is really in the mix.

"I have loved the Buckeyes forever, but as I have gotten older I realize there are a number of great schools out there. Ohio State is right up the street from me, but it is no longer a lock for me to go there. I love Ohio State, but I love a number of other schools like Oklahoma."

Daniels has camped at Ohio State before his sophomore year, then before his junior year he went to the NIKE Elite Camp at Ohio State, the Eddie George camp and the Addidas Elite camp at Notre Dame.

Daniels is doing well in the classroom and he is very close to qualifying.

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