DB/WR, 6-4, 185, Sr.
Kendal Daniels seems more than ready to take his game to the college level. Check out what the Texas A&M commit has been doing in preseason camp.
Just the other day, he went high over two seasoned defenders to snatch a pass away, shook them off as he came to the ground and ambled into the end zone.
Beggs coach David Tenison was impressed.
“We’ve got him bracketed with two of our older defensive backs and he just goes over the top and takes the ball away,” Tenison said. “You can see how much more powerful he is.”
Daniels has been doing similar things for two years, helping lead the Demons to a 2A state runner-up finish as a sophomore and a 2A semifinal finish as a junior.
The best may be yet to come, because Daniels is the best athlete he’s ever been.
“He’s so much more developed than he was a year ago,” Beggs coach David Tenison said. “He’s physically faster — we clocked him at 4.58 (in the 40-yard dash) and for a 6-foot-4 guy, that’s pretty good. The lower half of his body is really beginning to develop and his football IQ just keep keeps getting better every day.”
That kind of ability will serve Daniels well in the Southeastern Conference, but recruiters apparently felt he could play anywhere.
Offers flowed in from across the country as he spent much of the offseason as the state’s No. 1 prospect, rated a four-star talent by Rivals and 247 Sports.
His final four consisted of Oklahoma, Texas A&M, LSU and Clemson. In the end, he was torn between OU and A&M — until the Sooners received another commitment and rescinded their offer. That made the decision for him.
Daniels said the Aggies got their feet in the door by reaching out to his mother, Carmelita Daniels. They were the only staff that did.
“She liked that,” he said. “She thought that if she couldn’t trust the coaches (at a particular school), then I’m not going there.”