Damion Daniels commit: What does it mean for Nebraska?
Nebraska picked up a big commitment today from Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne defensive tackle Damion Daniels. The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Daniels becomes the third defensive line commit in NU's Class of 2017.
What does Daniels's commitment mean to the Huskers going forward? Here are a few early takes on the Daniels commitment.
10 takeaways on commit No. 19 DT Damion Daniels
1. You need to be stout up the middle to run a 3-4 defense and Daniels projects to be a prototypical nose tackle in the future for the Blackshirt defense. Currently measuring out at a formidable 6-foot-3 & 1/2 and 325-pounds, Daniels has the size, strength and athleticism to stand up to being double-teamed and still be able to make plays.
2. Making a good first impression gives you a leg up in any endeavor and Nebraska did exactly that with Daniels. He took his official visit to Lincoln for the season opening game against Fresno State and that experience obviously stuck with him throughout the next five months.
3. After landing zero defensive tackle recruits last signing day under now departed assistant coach Hank Hughes, his replacement John Parrella was able to sign three of them this cycle. They will all add much needed quality depth to the Huskers' coming defensive scheme change.
4. With so much of the focus this cycle being absorbed by the nascent "Calibraska" movement, it tended to get overlooked and overshadowed that the Husker staff plucked all of their defensive tackle recruits out of the Big 12 footprint. Daniels and Deiontae Watts are from Texas, with Deontre Thomas hailing from Oklahoma.
5. Daniels is arguably underrated by Rivals. He is ranked as a 5.7 three-star on this site, but he is four-star according to another website. Some of his more notable offers come from LSU, Michigan, USC, Florida, and home state Texas A&M and Texas.
6. His signing day announcement on ESPNU gave Nebraska's program an invaluable boost of free national publicity. The Huskers have tended to get the short end of the stick with these nationally televised announcements, especially on signing day, but not this time with Daniels.
7. Daniels's commitment and signed letter of intent is a big part of Nebraska's potential impressive finish to this 2017 recruiting class on National Signing Day. There are more Husker targets yet to announce their college decisions later today who could add to the positive momentum.
8. Nebraska commit breakdown
2/1 - Damion Daniels - DT - 6-3, 325 - Dallas, TX - 3 Stars
1/28 - Kurt Rafdal - TE - 6-7, 230 - Carmel, IN - 3 Stars
1/27 - Jamire Calvin - WR - 5-10, 165 - Los Angeles, CA - 4 Stars
1/16 - Chris Walker - OL - 6-6, 270 - Lincoln, NE - 2 Stars
1/14 - Tyjon Lindsey- WR - 5-9, 175 - Las Vegas, NV- 4 Stars
1/5 - Jaylin Bradley - RB - 6-0, 185 - Bellevue, NE - 3 Stars
12/25 - Andrew Ward - LB - 6-2, 215 - Muskegon, MI - 3 Stars
9/17 - Dieontae Watts - DT - 6-3, 305 - Plano, TX - 3 Stars
8/8 - Guy Thomas - DE - 6-3, 205 - Miami, FL - 4 Stars
7/31 - Ben Miles - FB - 6-1, 215 - Baton Rouge,LA - 3 Stars
6/17 - Broc Bando - OL - 6-4, 280 - Lincoln, NE - 3 Stars
5/15 - Matt Sichterman - OL - 6-5, 270 - King Mills, OH - 3 Stars
4/30 - Deontre Thomas - DT - 6-2, 260 - Mustang, OK - 3 Stars
4/21 - Avery Roberts - LB - 6-1, 215 - Wilmington, DE - 4 Stars
4/16 - Brenden Jaimes - OL - 6-6, 260 - Austin, TX - 3 Stars
4/15 - Austin Allen - TE - 6-8, 230 - Aurora, NE - 3 Stars
4/5 - Tristan Gebbia - QB - 6-3, 180 - Calabasas, CA - 4 Stars
3/23 - Keyshawn Johnson Jr. - WR - 6-1, 195 - Calabasas, CA - 4 Stars
3/12 - Javeon McQuitty - WR - 6-2, 190 - Columbia, MO - 4 Stars
3/10 - Willie Hampton - LB - 6-2, 220 - Plantation, FL - 3 Stars
9. Commits by position
1 - Quarterback
2 - Running back/fullback
4 - Wide receiver
2 - Tight end
4 - Offensive linemen
3 - Defensive tackle
1 - Defensive end
3 - Linebacker
0 - Safety
0 - Cornerback
0 - Special teams
Where are they from?
4 - Nebraska (OL Broc Bando counts towards Nebraska)
3 - California
3 - Texas
2 - Florida
1 - Delaware
1 - Indiana
1 - Louisiana
1 - Michigan
1 - Missouri
1 - Nevada
1 - Ohio
1 - Oklahoma