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12 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Omar Daniels

In which BracketCat counts down the 12th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State defensive back Omar Daniels.

#12 AJ Parker
Can incoming freshman defensive back Omar Daniels conjure up memories of the recently departed AJ Parker (12), the man whose position and jersey number he will inherit? Stay tuned...
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

Goal No. 12: NO SELF-LIMITATIONS. Expect more of yourself.

#12 Omar Daniels

True Freshman | 6-0 | 173 lbs. | Moultrie, Georgia
Omar Daniels
Omar Daniels
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Redshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Omar Daniels (b. Sept. 18, 1998) is a ball-hawking defensive back from Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Georgia, who plans on majoring in business administration. He probably will end up redshirting in 2021 since he was not able to enroll early for spring practices.

Daniels prepped under head coach Justin Rogers at Colquitt County, where he was viewed as the 76th-best cornerback in the Class of 2021 by ESPN and No. 86 by 247Sports.

He totaled 35 tackles for the Packers — including one tackle for a loss — had two interceptions and broke up four passes as a senior.

Daniels earned first-team all-region honors as both a junior and senior, and was named to the 2020 Sports Illustrated All-America preseason watch list, while he was a preseason all-state selection.

He helped Colquitt County to earn a 9-1 record as a senior, while the Packers earned a 9-3 record and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs in 2019.

Daniels chose K-State over offers from Akron, Alabama A&M, Arkansas State, Austin Peay, Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, Colorado, East Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Gardner-Webb, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kent State, Liberty, Ohio, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Troy, Western Carolina and Western Illinois, as well as interest from Wake Forest.

His primary recruiter was his new position coach, Van Malone, who serves as assistant head coach, defensive passing game coordinator and cornerbacks coach.

Daniels continues a productive Georgia pipeline first established by former offensive coordinator Andre Coleman, in the proud tradition of Justin Hughes, Duke Shelley, Elijah Sullivan and (more recently) Tee Denson, Khalid Duke and TJ Smith.

Here’s what our own Drew Schneider had to say about him after he signed last December:

“Omar Daniels is a steal out of Georgia. He’s a physical, long armed corner who isn’t afraid to come up and help out in run support. He carries himself on the field like an elite corner and isn’t afraid to let the opposing wide receiver know he’s not up to the task of catching passes. He can play both man and zone, and was a huge get for Coach Malone.”

And here’s what defensive coordinator Joe Klanderman had to say about Daniels last week:

Omar Daniels is another guy that’s been up on the big field quite a bit. Just athletically, they’re both sensational. Omar is ahead of Darell (Jones) a little bit right now just because he has a better understanding of the game, playing at a high level ball in Georgia in high school. So, he’s been up with the big guys, putting time with the older guys and the younger guys, and he’s blending in when he’s up there. He’s still, again, some technique thing, same thing as Marvin Martin, but those guys are going to be solid guys, but you’ve got to keep developing those guys physically.”