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High school notebook: Ringling's Riley Daniel commits to Houston

The Ringling offensive lineman verbally committed to Houston on Sunday, choosing to go with an offer that protected him should he get injured while also relieving pressure for the upcoming season.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: August 11, 2014

The offer was too good for Riley Daniel to pass up.

The Ringling offensive lineman verbally committed to Houston on Sunday, choosing to go with an offer that protected him should he get injured while also relieving pressure for the upcoming season.

“I’m just going to focus on my senior year now,” Daniel said. “I went down there on that trip (a week ago) and I really liked them. I got to meet the players and I really liked them. They matched my personality, their facilities are real nice and the coaches liked me a lot. I just liked it down there.”

Daniel, who is 6-foot-6, 310 pounds and ranked No. 16 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, also had offers from Tulsa and North Texas.

But Houston promising to honor their offer should he get hurt this season was the tipping point.

“They said they would give me my scholarship either way if I got hurt my senior year or not,” Daniel said. “Most other schools won’t do that for you. It’s kind of a safety deal.

“It can be pretty scary because if you get hurt, you’re done.”

MIDWEST CITY OPENS 6A-II TITLE CHASE WITH MIDNIGHT PRACTICE

Midwest City football players stood in warm-up lines for nearly 10 minutes waiting for the horn to blow signaling that 12:01 a.m. had arrived and high school football practice could officially begin.

Not long after the workout began, a voice emerged from a group of players going through an offensive drill.

“I need a ring, man,” the player yelled. “I need a ring, nothing less.”

The Bombers got started on the 2014 season as early as possible Monday morning, a season they hope ends with a gold ball.

In the first year of the new Class 6A Division II, Midwest City is an immediate contender for a state title, and that was the attitude as camp began Monday.

“Our expectations are win or bust,” senior defensive back Roscoe Gatewood said. “If we don’t win, we’ll be extremely disappointed in our season. We’ve been preparing to go win and that’s the only thing on our mind.”

NORMAN OPENING SEASON WITH QB COMPETITION

As Norman High opens fall practice on Tuesday morning, the Tigers will begin their search for a new starting quarterback.

Coach Greg Nation says seniors Levi Frederickson and Travis Houck, and junior Travis Degrate will compete for the job.

“They all bring different strengths and weaknesses as far as what they can do at the position,” Nation said. “It’s wide open right now and I think the competition as we start practice will be a good thing for us. Good competition brings a better team.”

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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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