On Wednesday, Mike Daniel was laughing at the absurdity of it, how Charles Tapper — four-star defensive end prospect at City, All-Big 12 Conference player at Oklahoma — had to be convinced to play football.
“Not a bad choice, huh?” Daniel said.
It seems an obvious choice now, less than two weeks before the NFL draft. Tapper is 6 feet 3, 271 pounds and can cover 40 yards in under 4.6 seconds. He emulates Terrell Suggs. He might not last past the third round. He will make lots of money in a helmet and shoulder pads.
But in his freshman year at City, he played only basketball, and he saw himself as a basketball player, because he was a darn good one....