Indiana picked up a commitment from Independence C.C. defensive back transfer Tyrik McDaniel on Tuesday afternoon.
The 6-foot-1 and 200 pound McDaniel announced the news on his Twitter page.
After playing one year at safety for Independence, McDaniel committed to East Carolina on Thanksgiving before announcing a change of heart shortly thereafter. He took an official visit to Bloomington over the weekend.
“With opportunity, comes preparation,” McDaniel wrote in his Twitter post. “Thank God for aligning me with my purpose. Will be signing (with Indiana) December 21st.”
At Independence McDaniel was named a second-team all-conference pick despite playing in only five games due to a broken hand. He had 41 tackles, four pass breakups and five tackles for loss prior to the injury. According to 247Sports, McDaniel is the No. 34 JUCO prospect overall, and the No. 3 safety.
If he can obtain a medical redshirt, McDaniel would have three years left to play.
McDaniel started his college career at Old Dominion where he played in all 13 games as a freshman in 2021 and had 10 tackles and led the team with eight special teams stops. His 2020 season there was cancelled.
Hailing from Irmo, S.C., McDaniel was a three-star recruit out of high school according to the 247Sports Composite. McDaniel was the No. 31 ranked recruit in South Carolina in the 2020 class. He chose ODU over offers from a host of other Group of Five programs.
McDaniel helped lead Dutch Fork H.S. to four-straight South Carolina State Championships and earned All-State honors as a senior. He tied the school record for most punt return touchdowns.
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