Growing from 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds as a sophomore to 6-4 and 250 as a junior, defensive end Greg Daniels has quickly become a physical presence on the football field. However, the Texas commit has been growing just as quickly in skill and has plenty of upside.
Both Daniels and new St. Pius X head coach Rene Ramirez talked with IT about the work the 2010 prospect has been doing this offseason and his trip to Austin for a Texas camp this past weekend.
Right off the bat Greg Daniels passes the eyeball test.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end out of St. Pius X in Houston has quite a presence on the defensive side of the ball and size alone was enough to intrigue Texas fans when the Horns offered him and gained his commitment during the second February Junior Day.
Since his commitment however his film has shown that he has the ability to go along with his physical gifts and he looks to be yet another great scouting find by the Texas staff.
Daniels, the No. 41 overall prospect on the Inside Texas 2010 Top 100, has continued to put his nose to the grindstone and according to new St. Pius X head coach Rene Ramirez the Texas commit has been outstanding this spring.
“He’s been impressive, he’s had an excellent spring,” said Ramirez, who moved over to St. Pius X after serving as the offensive coordinator at Dallas Bishop Lynch for more than a decade. “I’m an offense coach and having to work around him and guys like (2010 prospect) Kirk Poston and (2011 defensive back) Kolby Griffin has been tough for offense. Greg has assumed a leadership role on defense this spring and handed things very well.”
Daniels got another taste of Austin this past weekend when he attended the Horns one day minicamp on Sunday where Daniels, along with 17 of the Horns’ 19 commitments from the 2010 class, got in some quality work.
“The camp went really well,” said Daniels. “I got to meet the commits and the coaches again and they were cool. I got a lot of work done and got to pick on some things that I can use to get better.”
Daniels was in the same group with Haltom’s Reggie Wilson, the No. 1 prospect in the state on the Inside Texas 2010 Top 100, and Wilson made a big impression on his future teammate.
“Reggie Wilson was really good,” said Daniels. “He and I do some of the same things technique wise. Standing next to each other we look the same, too.”
Checking at around 240 pounds when he committed to the Horns, Ramirez said that Daniels is now at a solid 250 pounds and continues to get bigger and stronger.
“He looks great physically,” said Ramirez. “That’s a testament to how hard he has worked this spring.”
With Daniels and Wilson already in the fold and the possibility of adding Plano West’s Jackson Jeffcoat (who has a Texas offer) to the roster, Texas is putting a premium on getting to the quarterback under defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. Ramirez said that he talked to Muschamp recently and said that Daniels should be able to transition smoothly to Muschamp’s style of play.
“I don’t really know a lot about Texas’ defensive scheme, but I know they are a high energy unit and Greg is a high energy player,” said Ramirez. “I’ve talked with Coach Muschamp and he’s very calm and cool and then you see the YouTube videos where he is all over the place. I’m a high energy coach and Greg has handled things well here and that should help him.”
Ramirez describes Daniels as a low key type of kid who was taken aback by all of the attention he has received this spring. Before committing to Texas Daniels had an offer from Oklahoma and Ramirez said that some 60 colleges have been by Pius this spring but Daniels is firm on his pledge to the Longhorns.
“They all ask about him but he’s solid,” said Ramirez. “He’s handled everything well and the biggest thing is that he continues to work hard and that has really inspired his teammates.”
Daniels said that this summer he has no plans other than playing 7-on-7 where he will get a taste of things on the offensive side of the ball as a tight end.