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Monday, May 6, 2013
Decision looming for 2014 WR Daniels?

By Damon Sayles

Some athletes simply have recognizable nicknames. Wide receiver Byron Daniels (San Antonio/Madison) is known around his high school as “Scooter.”

“I don’t even know how I got it,” Daniels said. “I was named after my dad, and it was something my family called me. When they called for Byron, both of us turned around.’”

Daniels said his grandfather was the first to call him Scooter. What many probably didn’t know was that the name would fit as a football player. In addition to being quick and elusive, he runs with a level of power that many 5-foot-11, 170-pound athletes don’t have.

That combination of talents has made Daniels a major recruiting target for several college programs. Daniels has seven offers, and he’s looking to earn more as the spring season progresses.

Daniels has had a top three of Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State since March, and those schools are still the ones to beat. Daniels, however, did say that he’s keeping all options open and listening to all schools interested.

“Everything’s going pretty good right now. It’s very positive,” Daniels said of the recruiting process. “I’m just seeing what all is happening. I have a top three, but I still want to see what comes in before I make a decision.”

Daniels said he’s a fan of the Texas Tech coaching staff and how they are persistent in staying in touch. He likes Oklahoma’s winning tradition and has always appreciated the Sooners, and he likes Oklahoma State because of how the coaching staff has reached out to not only him but also his family.

Running backs coach Mike Jinks is recruiting Daniels to Texas Tech. Jinks knows Daniels well from his San Antonio days as the head coach at nearby Cibolo (Texas) Steele. Daniels said he hears from both Oklahoma cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright and co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, as well as Oklahoma State receivers coach Kasey Dunn and running backs coach Jemal Singleton.

The winning school -- whether it’s one of those three or a new player in the future -- will get a receiver who can line up effectively either at the slot or on the outside. Daniels caught 47 passes and scored 13 touchdowns as a junior, statistically scoring a touchdown once every 3.6 catches.

Daniels said he wants to make a decision sometime before his senior season, which means he could announce during spring ball or at the start of the summer.

“I want to go somewhere that just feels like home as far as how you interact with other people, students and coaches,” Daniels said. “The most important thing is education. I want to study business -- either that or something sports-related.

“Wherever I go, they should expect me to come on campus and be a hard-working player, someone with a positive influence and someone who will continue to grow and help get the team some wins.”