September 13, 2010

Daniels takes in Tech's win over UNM

Albuquerque (N.M.) La Cueva athlete Ronnie Daniels was in University Stadium on Saturday night to see Texas Tech take on New Mexico. The 2011 Red Raider commit came away impressed with the outcome, but is expecting to see more when Tech opens Big 12 play this week.

"I thought they did well. They played with good effort and were able to dictate some things to New Mexico," Daniels said. "They were obviously the better team, but sometimes that doesn't show up as much as it did on Saturday. They caught a couple of bad breaks and I thought it might turn into an ugly game for a little while, but they were able to make some adjustments and just dominate UNM when all was said and done. They've got a lot of weapons on offense that are going to be hard for people to stop."

"I kind of saw them being pretty basic. It looked like they were just doing enough to win the game from a scheme standpoint. That's what they need to do though since they're playing Texas next week. I don't think they held anything back effort-wise, but they definitely didn't show everything that they had. I'm looking forward to seeing some other things thrown out this Saturday when they open conference play. Right now they're 2-0, and that's all that matters. Not every team can say that."

With the Red Raiders in his hometown for the weekend, Daniels was also provided with the opportunity to visit with a few members of the Tech coaching staff. More importantly, his mother was able to visit with them as well, reaffirming her confidence in her son's decision.

"I got a chance to talk some with Coach Sonny Cumbie when he came to see me play the night before," he said. "We talked for a little bit. Just mostly about my game, which was cool. The day after that my mom got to visit with Coach Cumbie, Coach Chad Scott, and Coach Neal Brown at the Tech alumni event. She had nothing but good things to say about those guys, which was sort of a relief to me. It wasn't a surprise, though. Our relationship with the staff is not really one that holds any surprises anymore. It's like we've known each other forever at this point."

With the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder's season in full swing, it still looks like he won't make his official visit to West Texas until towards the end of this year. "I still think I'm going to take my official after my season is over. Probably sometime in December whenever things settle down a little bit. I want to be able to focus on that, and that only, whenever I finally do get to that point."

"It was fun being in Lubbock last week, and getting to see the guys play again this week. I'd like to be able to make it to every game, every week, but it's difficult. It just makes me that much more excited to get to the next level and play in that type of environment every Saturday."

Daniels committed to Texas Tech in late July over offers from Arizona, East Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Mexico State, San Diego State, and Tulsa.

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