LAWTON — Lawton MacArthur placekicker Daniel Schwarz showed his potential as a college prospect during his junior year, when he made a 54-yard field goal.
In the summer before his senior year, college scouts took strong notice of Schwarz's big leg, and the scholarship offers started to roll in.
One of the first big ones was Tulsa, and Schwarz, The Oklahoman's All-State kicker, soon committed. But offers kept coming, and they kept getting bigger. Oregon State, TCU, Texas, LSU, Alabama.
Other than Barry J. Sanders, Schwarz became the state's most widely sought-after prospect.
He committed to Tulsa very early in the recruiting process, and at that time, the 6-foot-3 senior had no idea the kind of options that would be waiting for him.
Texas, LSU and Alabama, along with Tulsa, are on Schwarz's list of planned official visits before signing day Feb. 1.
“I did commit early and I'm still committed. I'm still very interested in Tulsa,” Schwarz said, adding he hopes to get a chance to take his fifth and final official visit to either Oklahoma or Oklahoma State.
“I like the idea of staying close, more so for my grandparents and my friends,” he said. “It's stressful, but it's nice to have the opportunities I have. It would me more stressful if I didn't have any opportunities.”
It wasn't only Schwarz's big leg that drew college attention. He impressed scouts last summer with his ability to kick field goals without a tee, as required at the college level.
“I went to some camps and they started making me kick off the ground. I wasn't looking forward to that,” he said. “But once I got into the grove, it went well.”
As for his senior year at Lawton MacArthur, Schwarz didn't disappoint. He made eight of 18 field goals (long of 47 yards) and all 65 of his extra-point tries, while putting more than 90 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks.
Losing in the Class 5A finals still stings, but Schwarz can look back on the successes of his senior year.
“The last game was a heartbreaker,” he said. “But we had a real good season and played really well, so I'm happy for what we accomplished.”