November 10, 2010

Daniels is being pursued

Programs have continued to stay on the trail of Albuquerque (N.M.) La Cueva athlete Ronnie Daniels as he continues to shred the record books of New Mexico high school football. After committing to the Red Raiders in July, he expected his recruitment to slow down somewhat, but it's been quite the opposite of that lately.

"It's been crazy because I felt like after I made my decision that I'd probably stop hearing from some of the other schools that were after me," Daniels said. "I've let everyone know that I'm solid with Tech, but I've still been hearing from a lot of people. It's always a privilege to get the attention from these guys, but it has been a little hectic."

"TCU and Arizona have really been coming after me hard lately. They're both wanting me to take visits and reconsider my decision, but I don't see that happening," he said. "They're both great programs for sure, but Texas Tech is where I want to be."

The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has also remained in contact with Texas Tech assistant coach Sonny Cumbie.

"We've got a great relationship. I wouldn't have guessed that I'd get to know someone so well during my recruitment, but we've gotten really close," he said. "I knew that I was interested in what he had to say, and what Tech had to offer, after we had only talked a few times. The great thing was that we hardly talked about football. I feel like Coach Cumbie, and the others there, are coaches who have their players' best interests at heart. They've got a real close group there and I'm excited to be a part of it soon."

Daniels will be an early graduate in December, and will arrive on campus in time to go through spring camp with the team. The value of an early arrival is not lost on the 2011 commit.

"I've been working hard to be able to head to college in the spring so that I could hit the ground running. I didn't want to have to get used to being in a new place, in a new school, and all during football season," he said. "I'll have a chance to get in there in January and get going class-wise, but also get the extra time of spring practice. I think it could really pay off for me in the future. I can't wait to get there."

Daniels committed to Texas Tech in July over offers from Arizona, East Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Mexico State, San Diego State, and Tulsa. He's also been shown interest by Arizona State, TCU, and Utah.

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