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Daniyel Ngata Commitment Primer: Predicting Where the Four-Star RB Lands

What you need to know ahead of Ngata’s big decision.



Four-star running back recruit Daniyel Ngata will end his recruitment on Sunday with a long-awaited commitment. Here’s what you need to know.

The contenders: Ngata has a top five of Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Utah, Clemson and Texas A&M. He only made official visits, however, to three: Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Texas A&M. That trio is considered to be his unofficial top three.

The favorite: Arizona State leads Ngata’s crystal ball predictions, with 56 percent of insiders believing the Sun Devils are the favorite. Rivals, however, has Oklahoma State as the favorite, with 70 percent of analysts pegging the Cowboys as the frontrunner ahead of Clemson. Of note, the only votes Clemson is getting on Rivals is from fans; of the 10 publishers — who we’ll call here as analysts — seven believe OSU is the favorite and three believe it’s ASU. Six of the votes in favor of OSU have come over the past week. That’s a good sign.

What to expect from Ngata, the talent: You won’t believe this, but Ngata is a top-100 talent for a reason. People who have seen him believe he is really good. Like, drawing comparisons to Christian McCaffrey good.

“Runs more powerfully than expected, but lacks optimal size for an every down back,” Ngata said. “Runs with burst and a threat for a big play whenever ball is in his hands. Shows good patience and vision while waiting for the hole and can hit the hole and get upfield instantly. Shiftiness and ability to make defenders miss. Has superb hands out of the backfield and can be used as a vertical threat, and could play in the slot. Projects as immediate Power 5 contributor and projects as a second day NFL draft pick.” [247Sports]

Production: As a junior last season, Ngata rushed for 874 yards and added 666 yards receiving. He also scored 20 total times. This season as a senior, he’s amassed 504 yards and 10 touchdowns.

All-American: Ngata has already committed to being an Under Armour All-American. If he picks OSU, he’ll join future teammate Shane Illingworth, a quarterback from California committed to the Cowboys, on the Under Armour All-America team.

Prediction: OSU is riding a wave of momentum with Ngata, and who am I to stop it? I think the fact that OSU doesn’t have a commitment should be plenty enticing to him. As should the fact that, when he made an official visit to OSU last month, he saw Chuba Hubbard run for 296 yards in a win over K-State. I think Ngata is a Cowboy by the time the day’s over.

Highlights: Enjoy.

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