OL, COPPERAS COVE
J.P. URQUIDEZ HAS SEEN HIS FAIR SHARE
of change. The offensive tackle is back at Copperas Cove High School after a year playing
at DaMatha High School in Maryland after his
dad, a major in the Army, got orders to go to
the Pentagon after his sophomore season.
Instead of letting that bother the 6-foot- 6,
293-pound Baylor commit, Urquidez used it as
an opportunity to grow.
“It was hard being away from Copperas Cove
at first, but it got me out of my comfort level
and improved me as a person and a football
player,” Urquidez said. “DeMatha is one of
the best schools in the country and we won
a championship, so it was a fun time. There
is a difference between Maryland football
and Texas football, though, and I’m glad to be
reunited with my old team.”
Urquidez was sought out by nearly every
major program in the nation, but decided to
get his decision out of the way and commit to
Baylor before his senior season started.
“I enjoyed the recruiting process a lot, but
I felt like I knew where I wanted to go and it
would be wrong to keep Baylor waiting,” he said.
“I also knew that if I waited too long someone
could take my spot in the Baylor recruiting
Urquidez describes himself as an aggres-
sive offensive tackle who loves to pound the
“It is always rewarding to pound the ball
down a defense’s throat,” he said. “I’m a pretty
agile guy, so I think I can make the adjustment
to playing against the faster pass-rushing defensive ends that I’ll face in the Big 12. My main
goal right now is to improve and help Copperas
Cove win a lot of games.” – Mike Craven
DL, EULESS TRINITY
CHRIS DANIELS’ ROAD TO THE DFW AREA
was long and winding, but the standout defensive tackle found a home with Euless Trinity and
continues to flourish on the field for the Trojans.
The 6-foot- 3, 300-pound Daniels brings size
and unique athleticism at the defensive tackle
position. He ran a 4. 85 laser-timed 40-yard dash
at a TCU camp after his sophomore season.
“The thing about me is, I’m not only big, but
I’m fast too and started to show that on game
days this past season,” Daniels said. “A lot of
college coaches tell me that I’m one-of-a-kind
and can do a lot of things that other defensive
lineman cannot do.”
Over the past six months, Daniels has col-
lected more than 20 FBS scholarship offers.
Now, Daniels is ranked as Rivals.com’s No. 70
player in the country and the No. 9 prospect in
the state of Texas.
“With recruiting, it was all a little overwhelming
at first, then I thought about how hard that I
worked for this and realized that I have to just con-
tinue working hard,” Daniels said. “My plan is to
decide on my Top 10 programs soon, take some
visits during the summer and narrow my options
down to a Top 5 before the season starts. I will
make most likely my decision after the season.”
All success comes with highs and lows, and
Daniels is dedicating his senior season to a
family member who recently passed away.
“I grew up in Michigan from ages 5-9 and
had a cousin, E.J. Pinegar, that I was very close
with,” Daniels said. “He passed away recently
and I will be playing my senior season in his
honor. I looked up to him and he is the reason
that I haven’t stopped working, and really the
main reason that I’m playing football right
now.” – Matt Clare
OL, NORTH MESQUITE
NORTH MESQUITE’S JEAN DELANCE IS
one of the top offensive linemen in the state
but even at 6-foot- 6, 290, Delance flew
under the radar until junior year film started
Offers started appearing fast and furious
from major college programs.
When one watches Delance on film, it’s easy
to see why he’s coveted — he’s got a tremendous wingspan and he’s a great athlete for a
player his size.
“Jean has tremendous athleticism,” said
North Mesquite head coach Mike Robinson.
“His ability to get to the second level is amazing. He catches defensive backs by surprise
which allows us to pick up yards and block
players that normally aren’t schemed to be
blocked,” Robinson continued.
“Jean is one of the hardest working kids
I’ve been around. He’s worked a part time job,
maintained good grades and excelled on the
field all at the same time, he’s just an impres-
Delance gives credit to his family with helping
make him the player and person he is today.
“My grandmother and my mom are my two
biggest influences; they really motivate me,”
“My grandmother is battling cancer — she’s
doing well now, she’s so tough. I know if she
can battle through cancer, football is easy. I
just try and play hard every game for my family,
my teammates, my coaches and my school.”
The North Mesquite senior will decide later
this year which college to attend, but for now
Delance wants to help return the Stallions
to the playoffs, where they’ve experienced a
seven year absence.
“As seniors we really want to get that tradition re-established at North — we are hungry to
get back to the playoffs,” said Delance.
– Matt Stepp