WATCH: Recent 2021 commit David Daniel breaks down why he’s now a Bulldog
Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. The call today is a visit with recent 2021 commit David Daniel and his family. He committed to UGA as the second commitment of that class last Friday.
WOODSTOCK, Ga. — Win over the Mom. That’s been a go-to move for ace recruiters with elite prospects for years. Georgia won over David Daniel’s mother before it secured his commitment recently.
The Bulldogs got the thumbs-up from his father, too.
Yet first-year defensive backs Charlton Warren truly opened the most eyes when he won over his sister, too. That would be one 2-year-old by the name of Araya Sisavanh.
She was essentially a “good vibe” and “family fit” detector for the family. Her mother, Nikki Sisavanh, kidded with the Georgia staff back on a “Junior Day” visit back in the spring.
Araya loves people, but she just needs some time to warm with everyone. It is not always as brisk as a 2-minute type offense against a Sun Belt Conference opponent.
“I said she loves people but she is kind of always hesitant to go,” Nikki Sisavanh said. “So if she goes to you, we will commit today.”
Araya sought out Warren like she was George Pickens wanting to get his paws on a Jake Fromm pass.
Warren was waiting for an imminent commitment, but that didn’t happen. The Murray State game offered the family and the Georgia defensive backs coach another crack at fulfilling that joking bet.
It was all Warren needed to wrap up the nation’s No. 2 ATH for the 2021 class (247Sports Composite ratings) to play safety for the program.
Winning over the baby sister impressed David Daniel
When the teams were warming up before the game, Warren had her tucked safely in his arms. That was a whoa moment for the family. Nikki looked at her son. Rocky did, too. Then they looked at one another.
“With him being such a family kid and family-oriented it was important for him to have that vibe for the whole family,” she said. “I think that is kind of what sealed the deal.”
His father felt the same way. That was just that unique of a moment in their recruiting story.
“My wife and I looked at each other like ‘what?’ she just ran up to him again and he took her up and out on the field,” Rocky Sisavanh said. “We saw David. Smiling. Cheesing. Showing all his teeth and we said that sparkle, that glow in his eyes and we kind of looked at each other like yeah he has made his decision.”
Georgia had always been one of the two schools that Daniel spoke the most about with his parents. That Murray State game was on a Saturday. He texted his mother the next Monday to let her know he was ready to commit to being a Bulldog.
His father, Rocky, came into his life when he was right around Araya’s age. Maybe a little younger. Daniel said his help has been invaluable in making him feel like he was already ahead of the game with his recruiting process.
Daniel got a lot of his big offers late last season. They began exploring their options immediately. Sisavanh said he did a lot of reading to get up to speed on these schools, their offers and what he needed to look for on their college visits.
He credits both of his parents for shaping him into the young person he is today.
“I don’t know what I would do without the parents I have in this world right now,” he said.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior plays for Woodstock High School in the Northwest Metro Atlanta area. He’s set to become the first Bulldog from that program since Tripp Chandler in 2005. The South Florida native moved to Woodstock just prior to his freshman year.
What else did Daniel have to say about the Bulldogs? Check out the featured video above for his answers to the following:
- When did he know he wanted to be a Bulldog?
- What have both of his parents meant to him so far?
- How did he convince his parents he was ready to commit?
- How hard will it be for another school to move him off this commitment?
- What sort of skill set will he bring to the program?