CHRIS DANIELS PICKS TEXAS ON SCOUT.COM

Four-star DT Chris Daniels of Euless Trinity, a former Oklahoma commit, helps end a recent drought in defensive tackle recruiting by picking the Longhorns.

A former teammate of Texas offensive lineman Patrick Vahe at Euless Trinity, Daniels shares a lot of the same qualities as Vahe: great size (6-4, 300), explosion and nastiness.

Scout's No. 4 defensive tackle in the state of Texas in 2016, Daniels decommitted from Oklahoma on Jan. 20 with this message released on social media:

"I would like to thank everyone in the OU fam for being there for me since day 1 but I have come to the decision to decommit from OU, I have put a lot of thought and prayer into it. This can't be my parents, coaches or fans decision. It's MY decision. I'm going to be the one living it. I'm making my decision without any pressure. God bless. Thank you."

Daniels visited Tennessee and Texas before announcing on Wednesday that he will be a Longhorn. The signing of Daniels helps end a recent drought in defensive tackle recruiting at Texas that included DT A'Shawn Robinson decommitting and going to Alabama in 2013, DT Zeycoven Henderson decommitting and going to Texas A&M in 2014 and DT Du'Vonta Lampkin bolting from Texas' 2015 class to Oklahoma.

Charlie Strong and the Texas coaching staff placed a premium on recruiting the defensive tackle position in 2016. Going into signing day, the Longhorns had only one DT commitment - Gerald Wilbon. By the end of signing day, Texas planned on having up to a half dozen DTs in the 2016 class.

Daniels took official visits to Michigan, OU, Tennessee and Texas and held scholarship offers from every top team in the SEC and Big 12 as well as USC, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, among others.

Analysis by Scout's Greg Powers:

Daniels has the necessary size of an interior defensive line prospect, but has the get off and explosion of a defensive end and that is why colleges are lining up to get his signature. He would look good in multiple defensive fronts and alignments. He also has tremendous closing speed in the open field, which allows him to track down opposing ball carriers quickly and efficiently. His game changing kills are had to find in a defensive lineman. 
Strengths
Explosion
Quickness Off Ball
Size
Areas to Improve
Backside Pursuit
Daniels By The Numbers:
Scout 300 Ranking: No. 146 
Scout 300 DT Ranking: No. 17 
Scout DT Ranking in Texas: No. 4 
Height/Weight: 6-4, 299
Verified 40: 5.09

-- Video interview by Scout Texas analyst Gabe Brooks

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