QB B.J. Daniels picks Bulls
After a few disappointments this morning, USF has landed one of the biggest names in play for the Bulls on signing day: Tallahassee Lincoln quarterback B.J. Daniels is signing with the Bulls, the Times' Brian Landman reports.
Daniels chose the Bulls over an offer from Memphis, and he joins Miami Archbishop Carroll cornerback George Baker as key last-minute coups for the Bulls. Daniels is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com (three, according to Scout) so he'll join defensive end David Bedford as the most decorated players in USF's signing class.
Daniels told Landman that two things helped clinch his decision to pick the Bulls, first that Jim Leavitt reassured him Tuesday night he would be able to play basketball for the Bulls, so long as he stayed healthy and kept his grades up. Memphis has the No. 1 basketball team in the country, but that actually might have worked against the Tigers, in that Daniels wasn't sure he'd be able to play there; at USF, there's a more realistic expectation he could see the court, and Stan Heath told him he'd have a chance to do that. Daniels is averaging 27 points a game as a point guard for Lincoln's basketball team.
The other factor is that Daniels was very close to former Lincoln and USF football player Keeley Dorsey, who collapsed and died during a team conditioning workout at USF after his freshman season with the Bulls, in January 2007. Daniels said Leavitt's compassion in traveling to Tallahassee, in speaking at Dorsey's funeral, gave him a closer bond with him, made him more comfortable talking with him about things that had nothing to do with football.
Want to see Daniels' highlights? Youtube has a three-minute compilation -- complete with super-slo-mo at some open-field moves -- you can check out yourself (can they get that logo at midfield a little bigger?)
-- I can also report that Miami Northwestern linebacker/safety Quavon Taylor said he has signed with USF, which means the only commitment not accounted for is Theo Wilson from Pearl River Community College. His coach there, Tim Hatten, told me Tuesday everything was on schedule for him to sign with the Bulls, but I'll get confirmation this afternoon.
We'll have more on Daniels -- I need to get the story on that blue cap he was holding -- and the rest of USF's class as the afternoon progresses. ...