Daniels Off to Fast Start

St. Pius X won their first game of the season on Friday over West Columbia. One of the main reasons why was the play of senior defensive end Greg Daniels. The future Longhorn recorded double-digit tackles. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with the talented private school star.

The Texas Longhorns have one of the top defensive line classes committed in the country. While prospects such as Reggie Wilson, Taylor Bible, and Ashton Dorsey get the majority of the mention, St. Pius X defensive end Greg Daniels continues to build on his high ceiling potential.

As a junior, Daniels earned second team all-state honors in the TAPPS division for the Panthers. The future Longhorn played at 6-4 and 240 pounds in 2008 taking his game to another level in the second half of the season.

Now 6-4 and 255 pounds and feeling quicker and stronger than ever, Daniels has put together two impressive outings for St. Pius X. The Panthers dropped their season opener to Houston Westbury 41-37, but played without a pair of key defensive players. Daniels helped pick up the slack totaling seven tackles and one sack.

Daniels improved upon those numbers last Friday in a 49-22 win over West Columbia posting ten tackles and half a sack in the win. Daniels didn't have much to say about the opening loss, but was excited that the Panthers came back with a win in week one.

"It went really well on Friday," said Daniels. "We played pretty well and won 49-22. I had half a sack and ten tackles. I don't have much to say about our first game because we lost as a team. I think I had one sack in that game. We've played without three starters on defense that are injured, so hopefully we can get some of those guys back soon."

The Panthers will face their toughest task to date on Friday playing host to the Huntsville Hornets led by Oklahoma State commit Justin Gilbert at quarterback. Daniels, the #37 defensive end in the country according to Scout.com, is looking forward to the test against a quick Hornets team. Daniel says hard work in the spring and summer has paid off, as he feels quicker, faster and stronger than ever.

"I feel great. I think I'm more powerful this year. I feel like I got a lot faster and stronger. I'm more active to the ball this year," Daniels said.

Daniels teams with senior defensive end Kirk Poston (offers from Kansas State, Duke and Arizona) and junior corner Kolby Griffin (offer from Baylor) giving St. Pius X some of the top D-I prospects on defense in the Houston area.

On the recruiting front, Daniels is 100% committed to Texas. He says he keeps in touch with the quarterback commitments the most as well as Oscar Giles.

"I'm 100% committed. I try to stay in touch with some of the guys. I talk to Connor Wood the most, but we live here in the same area. I also talk to Case McCoy. I e-mail with Coach Giles all of the time. We e-mail every other day," Daniel said.

Daniels has offers on the table from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Texas A&M and Baylor among others.


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