Damion Daniels (© Greg Powers)

2017 Bishop Dunne DT talks SMU junior day visit

Hatts talked with 2017 Bishop Dunne defensive tackle Damion Daniels about his SMU junior day visit.

Shortly after picking up an offer from SMU, 2017 Bishop Dunne defensive lineman Damion Daniels was on campus for junior day on Saturday. 

“The visit was good, I liked it very much,” Daniels said, “I always enjoy seeing the coaches because every time I feel like I go there I always feel like I’m at home, the coaches always show me love and keep on inviting me to see them and you feel it when you step on the campus.” 

The coaches continued to stress a positive attitude to Daniels and explained to him how special this class could become. 

“Right now the coaches were just telling me how that with this class and myself, if some of us were to go to SMU, they were talking about how we could turn the program around and make it like it was in the 80s,” Daniels said. 

The 6-3, 301-pound lineman was humbled by this message and realized what it would mean if he came to SMU. 

“It kind of opened my eyes a little more, and kind of drew my attention towards SMU,” Daniels said. 

The indoor practice facility plans also caught Daniels attention in that his parents would be able to watch him practice and receive a number of other amenities. 

“Well coach Morris got me by saying they were getting a new indoor facility, that I feel like I’m going to like it,” Daniels said, “What grabbed my eye was when coach said my parents could come and watch the practices any day and they’re welcome anytime, like the door is open, and playing at my home city in Dallas, they could be at every home game and probably travel to most games means a lot to me.” 

With that said, however, Daniels is still comfortable playing wherever as he knows his parents will likely still make the trip. 

“Right now it doesn’t matter because my family does go around the country just to see me and my brother play,” Daniels said. 

Daniels currently holds offers from Iowa, Oklahoma State, SMU, Rice, Colorado State, as well as UTSA. 

Daniels plans to return to SMU at some point in the spring likely to check out their spring game or a practice. 

The Bishop Dunne lineman has also been paying close attention to SMU lately as many of the players he grew up with are making their way to the Hilltop. 

“Its growing, like James Proche, Jeremiah Gaines, people I grew up with like Demerick Gary, everybody that I grew up with going to SMU, I feel like they are going to do some great things at SMU,” Daniels said, “They have the formula, they have the strategy, the coaches like coach Wyatt and coach Morris I just like what they’ve done with the program.”

Daniels is coming off a season where he lead the team in sacks, as well as, receiving some prestigious awards like first team all district, as well as, second team all-state. 


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