It is always big news when a school is able to land the No. 1 player in a state to their recruiting class. That is exactly what happened over the weekend as Texas A&M picked up the commitment of the premier player in Oklahoma – at least according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings – in Beggs High School product Kendal Daniels.
By Steve Wright
Daniels projects as a safety in college and the class of 2021 standout is the No. 139 player nationally and the No. 5 safety in the country according to the same ranking system. 247Sports own recruiting service has Daniels in the top 100 nationally, ranking the 4-star defender as the No. 97 player in the nation, the No.4 safety in the class and the No. 2 player in the Sooner State.
Daniels is a spectacular athlete who is already 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds. He was a big-time target for A&M and the school threw plenty at his recruiting in order to get his pledge ahead of the likes of Clemson, Oklahoma, and LSU. One of the biggest assets around Daniels’ game is his versatility. Schools are moving more and more towards back seven hybrid players who can slot in at linebacker/safety/corner depending on the play call. Daniels has the athleticism and the smarts to cover these positions, especially if he bulks up at the next level.
Kendal Daniels Scouting Report
In the video below you can see how impactful of a defensive player Daniels is. His one-handed interception return for a touchdown on the first play instantly validates the recruiting effort put in by A&M as he glides into position to make the pick before returning it to the house. The next play shows both his reading of the game and ball skills as he basically blitz intercepts a bubble screen for another defensive touchdown. His run support game is also on point and overall Daniels is an effortless player that will make Texas A&M better over the course of his education there.