Baseball: Daniel transfers to Saint Leo
An offseason of unusually high turnover for USF baseball now includes another significant departure: senior first baseman Brandin Daniel, who led the Bulls in home runs and RBIs in 2007, has transferred from USF and will play his final college season at Saint Leo in eastern Pasco County.
Daniel, a three-year starter whose seven home runs and 45 RBIs were team highs, said Monday that his transfer was a "personal decision" he came to recently. His departure leaves coach Lelo Prado with just eight returning players -- five hitters and three pitchers -- who played more than a few at-bats on Prado's 2007 team. It means Prado will have to rely even more heavily on freshmen and junior college transfers. Prado could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.
Daniel's family is as linked to USF athletics as any you'll find -- his brother Justin was a long-snapper on the football team from 2001-04, sister Falin was on the volleyball team briefly as a walk-on and sister Kristin has been on the video staff for years, helping the football team.
Brandin started 50 games as a sophomore in 2006 and 25 as a freshman, finishing with 95 career RBIs in three seasons. He is the third USF player to transfer to Saint Leo this summer, joining catcher Braulio Pardo and pitcher/outfielder J.C. Suarez.