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Recruiting on the High Plains :: ATH Ronnie Daniels

What?  According to, Albuquerque, NM, athlete Ronnie Daniels has committed to Texas Tech.  Daniels played running back mainly for La Cueva HS, but he looks like a heck of an athlete that I think could play a number of positions for Texas Tech and considering Texas Tech already has two running backs committed, Daniels could be tremendous on the defensive side of the ball.

The Measurables:

Ronnie Daniels
Position: ATH
DTN Profile
Video: Clip 1 : Clip 2
Rivals Profile 5.6
Scout Profile
ESPN Profile 76
Ht: 6'1"
Wt: 195 lbs
Forty: 4.50
High School: La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM)

Video and so much more after the jump.

The Player Speaks:  I can't find the video from the story linked above, but the story does say that Daniels intends on graduating early and arriving in Lubbock in January to start taking classes and participate in spring drills.

Video:  Almost 10 minutes of video in the first clip and another shorter 2 minute clip.  Enjoy.

Ronnie Daniels 2009 Junior Highlights (via TheMrprodigy22)


Ronnie Daniels Highlights (via 505football)





Scouting Report:  Daniels was ranked, back in August of 2008 by as the #4 player in the state of New Mexico.  Daniels had just finished his freshman season, so these guys had seen Daniels for just one year.  So back in 2008, this is what they had to say about Daniels:

A few weeks back we posted Ronnie Daniels highlight tape from his freshman season.  A few of the regional guys got a look at it and several of them said that Ronnie Daniels is the best player in New Mexico  right now!!  That’s big praise for a young man that is only entering his sophomore season, however, most feel that he has a legit shot at being that next national level recruit to come out of New Mexico.

Daniels was a stud as a freshman earning 1st team all district honors and honorable mention all state honors as well.  He has great size at 6’2 190 and good speed running in the 4.68 range at the scout combine in Phoenix.  He projects to be 6’2 around 215 by the time he is a senior and if he continues to get stronger probably running in the low 4.5 range.  He will take snaps for the Bears this season at QB and also as a safety.

As early as this year, Daniels was the #2 rated player by, behind UT commit OL Matt Hegarty:

2. Ronnie Daniels 6-1, 210 ATH (La Cueva HS) - Ronnie has the height, weight and speed to play many positions in college: RB/WR/S/OLB. However, he is really great with the ball in his hands. At the moment he has offers from both UNM & NMSU but once his junior film gets around, he will have 20 + offers. Should be a top 150 prospect in the nation for 2011. 

My own two cents, Daniels must be faster than his listed 4.69 40-yard dash time as he's clearly out-running opponents.  I also love Daniels vision with the football, seems to see the play and has a good sense of when to cut-back and create additional space for himself, where he then just out-runs everyone.  Obviously, because of his size, he's not afraid to hit or run over anyone.  I've also listed Daniels at athlete, although he's apparently mainly played running back, but it's getting to be a crowded backfield for this recruiting class.  Daniels seems to be incredibly gifted as a runner, but go back and look at the film on Kenny Williams and Bradley Marquez to remind yourself how good those guys are.  If Daniels could convert to a linebacker or a safety (think Julius Howard or Daniel Cobb at OLB) then he could be incredibly valuable.

[Note by Seth C, 07/24/10 5:27 AM CDT ] An update is found here.

[Note by Seth C, 09/22/10 6:26 AM CDT ]  Much thanks to DTN reader TT63, who lives in Albuquerque and has a FanPost that he's going to continue to update throughout the year.

Ronnie, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2011 Recruiting Class:

Position Commitment Ht/Wt High School/State Rivals Rivals Rating Scout ESPN ESPN Grade
QB Michael Brewer 6-0/175 Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 4 5.8 3 3 78
RB Kenny Williams 5-10/210 Hendrickson (Pflugerville, TX) 4 5.8 4 4 80
RB Bradley Marquez 5-11/180 Odessa (Odessa, TX) 3 5.7 4 4 79
WR Derek Edwards 6-1/163 Brenham (Brenham, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 79
TE Jace Amaro 6-5/237 MacArthur (San Antonio, TX) 4 5.8 4 3 78
OL Tony Morales 6-4/300 Sam Houston (Arlington TX) 4 5.8 3 N/A 45
OL Alfredo Morales 6-3/287 Sam Houston (Arlington TX) 3 5.7 3 N/A 45
OL Le'Raven Clark 6-6/245 Rockdale (Rockdale TX) 3 5.7 4 3 79
DL James Castleman 6-4/255 Amarillo (Amarillo, TX) N/A N/A 3 3 77
DE Kindred Evans 6-6/215 South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX) N/A N/A 2 3 75
DL/LB Devon Hocutt 6-0/260 Ellison (Killeen, TX) 3 5.6 3 2 74
LB Terrell Hartsfield 6-4/215 Hargrave MA (Chatham, VA) N/A N/A 3 N/A 45
LB Blake Dees 6-0/234 Spanish Fort (Spanish Fort, AL) 3 5.5 2 2 73
DB Freddie Warner 5-9/170 L.G. Pinkston (Dallas, TX) N/A N/A 2 N/A 45
ATH Ronnie Daniels 6-1/195 La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) 3 5.6 3 3 76
Averages 2.46 4.18 3.06 2.20 68.53