Tuesday, February 26, 2013
WR talks about picking up offer from OU
By Bob Przybylo
If you’re a quality player from the San Antonio area and hearing from Oklahoma, there’s a good chance assistant coach Bobby Jack Wright is your first contact.
Wright coaches defensive ends for OU, but he has been the man in charge of the San Antonio area at OU for years. And if the Sooners get really serious, that’s when the position coach starts to make his name.
Following the formula, wide receiver Byron Daniels (San Antonio/Madison) started hearing from Wright following his sophomore season and has been progressively hearing more and more from OU receivers coach Jay Norvell in recent months.
It’s serious now, as Daniels was offered by the Sooners on Tuesday morning.
“My coach [Jim Streety] said they were close to offering me,” Daniels said. “Then he said they did, and I verified with Coach Norvell. It means so much to me.”
Daniels, who is 6-foot-1 and 168 pounds, also has an offer from Texas Tech although he has not visited either the Tech or OU campuses.
The Sooners are familiar with San Antonio Madison, though, as fellow wide receiver Dannon Cavil signed with OU after originally committing to Ole Miss and Cal.
That connection could pay off for OU in the end.
“It does mean a lot because me and him [Cavil] were really close,” Daniels said. “I know I could ask him how things are, and he would give it to me straight.”
Daniels said he hasn’t talked to Cavil, who enrolled early at OU, since the first week of the month but has been talking more and more with Norvell. He said he talks to Norvell at least once every two weeks and sometimes once a week.
Daniels said Tech, OU, Baylor and Arizona State are the schools he talks to the most at this point. He tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that Nebraska had offered.
Daniels said he hopes to make it to OU’s campus either for junior day March 9 or for OU’s spring game. He’s not sure about junior day because his father’s birthday is that weekend.
Daniels size gives him the versatility of playing either out wide or in the slot, depending on the formation. He said he doesn’t have a preference. He simply wants to make plays.
“I’m competitive,” Daniels said. “I go out and reach for the ball. It’s all about making plays and scoring touchdowns. That’s what I like to do.”
Daniels said he doesn’t have a timetable for his announcement as there are still some more schools he would like to visit. He had 47 catches for 712 yards with 13 touchdowns last season. He was the team leader in catches and touchdowns and was second to Cavil in yards.