Darrion Daniels joins Nebraska as a graduate transfer after earning his degree from Oklahoma State. Daniels, who will have one season of eligibility with the Huskers, joins his brother Damien, a sophomore, as members of the NU defensive line.
Daniels played for the Cowboys each of the last four seasons. An injury limited him to four games in 2018 and allowed him to utilize his redshirt season. Daniels recorded seven tackles, one tackle for loss and 1.0 sack in his four games. As a junior in 2017, Daniels started 10 games and had 26 tackles, five TFLs, a half sack, two pass breakups and a pair of quarterback hurries. He earned the Vernon Grant Award for outstanding leadership, spirit and enthusiasm following the season. As a sophomore, Daniels appeared in 13 games, totaling 15 tackles, one TFL, one breakup, one hurry and one blocked extra point. Daniels was named Oklahoma State’s most outstanding defensive newcomer as a true freshman in 2015, when he played in 13 games and had 16 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and a half sack.
Daniels played his prep ball for Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas. He recorded 67 tackles as a senior with 28 tackles for loss and eight sacks. As a junior, Daniels totaled 80 tackles, 25 TFLs and two sacks. He was named a first-team all-state selection as both a junior and a senior. Daniels also finished as the state runner-up in the shot put as a senior.
Out of high school, Daniels chose Oklahoma State over numerous other offers, including Iowa, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and Wisconsin.