Daniels' eyes on Texas

Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is extremely active in talking with recruits on the phone every week that he's allowed.

One of the prospects he was in touch with last week was a four-star defensive tackle he's had his sights set on going back to his days at Louisville.

The fact that Strong has liked Darrion Daniels (Dallas/Bishop Dunne) for so long isn't lost on the No. 14 DT in the country.

"Coach Strong offered me at Louisville so when he offered me at Texas it clicked in my head that, yeah, Coach Strong really, really likes me," he said. "That excites me because I really like Coach Strong."

That's good news for a Texas program that already has an ace up its sleeve that it plays often for him. That would be tight ends coach Bruce Chambers, who made a name for himself as the head coach at Dallas Carter High School prior to joining UT's staff in 1998.

"Coach Chambers coached at Dallas Carter and at that time my mom went to Carter," Daniels said. "So there is a connection there. My mom and Coach Chambers have a great relationship. He said if I go down there he said he would treat me like a son. My mom is familiar with him so she knows what to expect."

Daniels got to see both coaches in late February when he visited for Texas' first junior day. He also got a chance to talk with defensive line coach Chris Rumph, who came over from Alabama.

"He is a really cool coach," he said. "He told me he really didn't believe in recruiting. He was going to pick who he wanted to pick. I really like him. He's really straightforward and he helps me a lot. He tells me what I am messing up on and what I can improve."

The Longhorns are putting a lot of stock in Daniels committing to their class, which doesn't appear to be that farfetched at the moment.

"A lot of schools are showing me a lot of attention," he said. "But I'm a Texas boy so I always have a connection with UT. Looking at all the players that they've offered and to think they want to spend this much time on me, it makes me feel really special."

In addition to Texas, Daniels has offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, California, Colorado, Iowa, Louisville, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and USC.

With offers far and wide, Daniels is finding it hard to narrow things down for now. But he can't help but single out a particular conference.

"I can't really single out one individual team, but the Big 12 is getting on me," he said. "All the Big 12 schools are real high on me. USC has sent me a lot of mail and Arizona State too. I talk to their coaches once a week."

Daniels has frequented many of those Big 12 schools over the past months with junior day visits to Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas. He's also been to Baylor and Oklahoma State spring games, and said he'll definitely visit Texas Tech by the end of the month.

"Growing up in Texas, I'm not saying that I'm going to a Big 12 school but those are the teams that have a lot of potential right now," he said.

What type of player are these programs recruiting? One with an endless motor and the athleticism of a skilled position, Daniels said.

"I have a good come off the ball," he said. "I talk to Baylor coaches and they said they offered me because of my motor. I don't take plays off. I also have good athletic abilities. I'm purely a lineman but I feel like I move like a defensive back. I have good footwork and good size. You won't see too many 6-foot-4, 285-pound linemen move like me."

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