January 22, 2008

The Sooners are still after McDaniel

Hoping to continue [tm]Texas Tech[/tm]'s tradition of giving its quarterbacks plenty of time to throw the ball, three-star offensive lineman Terry McDaniel gave his verbal pledge to the Red Raiders in late July. This weekend, over five months after his commitment, he finally took his official visit to the South Plains.

"Oh, it was pretty awesome," he said of his visit. "It was everything you'd want from an official visit really. I had already been there for the camp and all that, so it wasn't completely new, but we just had such a great time."

Though McDaniel saw some of Tech's campus this summer, he finished up his tour this weekend.

"Oh man, we saw everything there was to see," he laughed. "We saw the apartments where the freshmen live, which were ridiculously nice, and we got to see the press box and the facilities and everything. It's a very, very nice campus, and they have some of the most impressive facilities I've ever seen."

The 6-foot-7, 333-pound lineman, who is currently splitting his time between power lifting and basketball, said everything he experienced this weekend only served to confirm what he already knew.

"Everything just felt like home," he explained. "My host, Brandon Carter, is from the same area as me, and he's really cool- he made me feel really comfortable also. Then there are the coaches. They treat me like I'm already family out there, which meant a lot to me."

McDaniel, whose father is originally from Lubbock, chose Tech over offers from schools such as LSU, Oklahoma State, Arizona, and Colorado, but says other schools are still making a run at him.

"Well, Coach Stoops at OU called recently and Arkansas called too" he said. "I actually didn't even call Arkansas back or anything. But Oklahoma has really been working me over trying to get me to come visit. Coach Stoops actually personally called to try to convince me to visit."

And what was the New Diana star's reply?

"Oh I'm probably not going to go," he said. "There's no point. I'm a Red Raider, so there's no point."

So, all in all, how would the future Red Raider rate his weekend in Lubbock?

"Oh, it's definitely a 10," he said. "It was perfect. I'm a 100% just ready to be a Red Raider."


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