UCLA Trying to Pick Up Daniels

DeAndre Daniels, the 6-7 forward from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, not only is now not committed to Texas, but he'll more than likely enroll in a four-year college this fall, and UCLA is looking to sign him...

There's a new twist to the DeAndre Daniels recruitment.

Daniels, who many have ranked as a 2011 prospect because of his intention to take another year of high school, may opt to return to the 2010 class. According to Woodland Hill (Calif.) Taft coach Derrick Taylor, he's eligible to enroll at a four-year college this fall.

"He qualified and he's cleared by the NCAA," Taylor told Scout.com. "They want him now. The coaches want him in on Monday. He's been getting offers. I've been getting calls from everybody."

No longer committed Texas, Taylor and the Daniels family have fielded phone calls from schools like USC, UCLA, Washington,, UNLV, St. John's, Kentucky, Georgetown, Memphis and Gonzaga.

"He's ready to play now," Taylor said.

The plan is to figure out what Daniels wants to do. In the mean time, he'll take a pair of visits.

"He's going to visit the two local schools (UCLA and USC) this weekend," Taylor said.

Kentucky was one of the schools that recruited Daniels prior to his commitment to Texas and they are back in the picture as well.

"Kentucky wants him in this class," he said. "They called me today and asked for his transcript. That's what they told me."

In fact, we're hearing that it could very well become a battle between UCLA and Kentucky.

UCLA has one scholarship available for the upcoming school year, and it's been made pretty clear that they'd like to fill it, and previously have been pursuing forwards similar to Daniels.


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