After visiting Baylor this weekend, it didn’t take Riley Daniel long to make his verbal commitment.
The 6-6, 310-pound offensive tackle from Ringling, Okla., committed on Sunday and plans to sign with Baylor on the Feb. 4 national signing day.
“I really had a good time on my visit and connected with the players and coaches,” Daniel said. “They’ve got good facilities and you can get a good education there.”
Daniel has been starting for three seasons at Ringling, a Class A school near the Texas border northeast of Wichita Falls. He had originally committed to the University of Houston before the school fired coach Tony Levine in early December.
Daniel re-opened his recruitment and had offers from schools like Florida, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Tulsa. He expects to redshirt as a freshman during the upcoming fall at Baylor.
“I doubt if I’ll come in and play because they’ve got a lot of seniors on the offensive line,” Daniel said. “I lift a lot of weights right now, but I know they’ll be more strict at Baylor and I’ll get a lot more results.”
After playing at a small high school in Oklahoma, Daniel understands that it will be a major step up to play major college football.
Ready to run
“Everybody has got to step up when they go to college, but I don’t think it will be no more for me than someone coming out of a 6A school,” Daniel said. “They do a lot of run blocking at Baylor, and I like that.”
Daniel is the 17th commitment in Baylor’s 2015 class and is the fourth offensive lineman as he joins City College of San Franciso’s Dominic Desouza, Navarro College’s Maurice Porter and Plano’s Sam Tecklenburg. Houston Bellaire offensive lineman Devonte Jones, who signed with Baylor last February, enrolled at the university for the spring semester.