Earlier this month, DeSoto (Texas) head coach Claude Mathis called athlete Rickey Daniels “a major sleeper” on the recruiting circuit. As talented as the 5-foot-9, 163-pound athlete is, he’s still yet to receive an offer.
“Whoever picks him up,” Mathis said, “is going to get a player. He can do it all.”
Mathis has asked Daniels to be that all-everything player as DeSoto prepares for the 2012 season. In 2011, Daniels was the Eagles’ leading receiver, catching 42 passes for 548 yards and three touchdowns in the slot. Daniels said he is entering the upcoming season ready to line up at receiver and running back on offense and both cornerback and safety on defense.
“Coach Mathis said he wants to put me everywhere on the field,” Daniels said, “and I’m ready for that.”
Daniels’ versatility alone makes him an attractive prospect, but it’s his consistent speed that also catches the attention spans of coaches. He’s run 4.5-second 40-yard dash times at camps hosted by Texas A&M, Washington State, Houston and Texas State. He has shown off that speed in 1-on-1 camp drills, making nice plays as both a receiver and defensive back.
In addition to those schools, Daniels also has garnered interest from Iowa and Washington. Daniels said he’s hoping an opportunity to showcase his versatility on both sides of the field during the 2012 season will end the weeks of frustration in regards to training without an offer in place.
“It’s hard, because I feel like I’m better than a lot of players who have D-1 offers out there,” Daniels said. “I understand that sometimes, it just doesn’t work out.
“Now, I’m to the point where all I’m focused on first is winning a state championship. I want to get the job done for my teammates. Hopefully, the offers will come after that.”