As Sooners Land Damond Harmon, Beggs DB Phenom Kendal Daniels Commits to Texas A&M

Parker Thune

NOTE: This story has been changed to reflect Kendal Daniels' quote in The Oklahoman that Oklahoma had withdrawn its scholarship offer.

It's not often that Oklahoma fails to bring premier in-state talent to Norman.

So when a highly regarded prospect from the Sooner State slips out of state, it's usually big news.

Four-star Beggs safety Kendal Daniels committed to Texas A&M Saturday, and in any other year, Sooner Nation would be well justified in sounding the alarm. But among this 2021 recruiting cycle, Oklahoma's failure to bring in Daniels is hardly a death knell.

After all, Oklahoma has longstanding verbal pledges from 4-star defensive backs Jordan Mukes and Latrell McCutchin, and landed 3-star corner Damond Harmon earlier Saturday evening. Also on the Sooners' wish list is top junior-college cornerback Khyree Jackson, who is set to commit on Aug. 15.

A month ago, Daniels' decision would seem more surprising, if for no other reason than the fact that he chose the Aggies over Oklahoma, Clemson and LSU. 

But Daniels' relationship with OU cooled off in July as Alex Grinch and Roy Manning pursued other defensive backs. He told The Oklahoman on Saturday that he wanted to be a Sooner but OU withdrew its offer "about 10 days ago," so he chose Texas A&M. 

Daniels' decision to leave the state has plenty of recent precedent. Owasso's Josh Proctor in 2018 (Ohio State) and Booker T. Washington's Dax Hill in 2019 (Michigan) were top-flight Oklahoma prep DBs who chose to play out of state.

But it's still a sting when the state's top player doesn't fit with the state's top college program.

Daniels is the eighth 4-star prospect to commit to A&M, and joins a recruiting class that includes Denton Guyer quarterback Eli Stowers and cornerback Dreyden Norwood, the state of Arkansas' top recruit.

The Aggies now have 13 total commits in the 2021 circuit, which is Jimbo Fisher's third class at the school. 

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I have to question the University of Oklahoma's commitment to reaching out to the 5 star talent in their backyard. 5 star talent from Oklahoma at safety leaves the state; Josh Proctor (Ohio State), Daxton Hill (Michigan), and now Kendal Daniels, Texas AM). You have flat out got to get the great talent in your backyard!!! Where is Brey Walker, on the bench (another 5 star offensive tackle from Oklahoma). If I where Lincoln Riley would consult with King Barry Switzer on how to reach out to the high school football coaches and do camps through out Oklahoma. When I was growing up in Oklahoma the the Southeastern Conference was not the most dominate conference, no that would have been the Big 8, the Big 10, PAC 10, and then the SEC. Why, because Oklahoma and Nebraska would recruit and develop player nationally putting a dominate product on the field. No one growing up in Oklahoma would consider stepping out to the Big 10 to play football because Oklahoma was the traditional national powerhouse. It is time to restore Oklahoma back to it's dominance. It is time to get in that weight room and develop these kids, recruit, and put a National Championship on the field.


5 star talent from Oklahoma at safety leaves the state; Josh Proctor, Daxton Hill, and now Kendal Daniels. You have flat out got to get the great talent in your backyard!!! Where is Brey Walker, on the bench (another 5 star tackle from Oklahoma).