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Irish add McDaniel to the recruiting fold

Nov 29, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

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While most Irish fans wait for some of the bigger names to fall, Notre Dame offered a scholarship to Coppell, Texas all-purpose back/return man Cam McDaniel. He promptly accepted, becoming the Irish’s 17th verbal commitment to the class of 2011.  McDaniel had offers from programs like Colorado, Iowa, Stanford, and Cincinnati.

McDaniel doesn’t wow recruitniks, but his production is impressive in the football crazy state of Texas. He’s accounted for over 2,000 yards of total offense and is electrifying in the punt return game, a spot currently needing an upgrade on the Irish roster. Playing for an undefeated 5A football team, McDaniel has been the best player on the roster, and he’s up for the Tom Landry Award, given to the top player in all of North Texas.

While he lacks the YouTube mix tapes, the obvious comparisons to another white Texas running back Sam McGuffie are inevitable. But McDaniel likely fits into the mold of players like Theo Riddick or Austin Collinsworth, good offensive football players that’ll find a role in a Brian Kelly offense. McDaniel has done most of his work out of a spread attack in the backfield, but he’ll likely slide outside at the college level.

After some seesawing, McDaniel makes 17 commitments for the Irish, with the Irish still waiting for some decisions by a handful of high profile targets.

  1. bostonjan - Nov 29, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    More good news – what a weekend for ND sports. I recall reading that (much like Manti) Cam comes from a very spiritual background and would follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit in selecting his college. Welcome. I wonder what effect (if any) this will have on other “offered” recruits, for example Savon Huggins?

    Keith, do you know how the “offered” versus commitment from ND situation works? By my count we have over 30 “offers” out to recruits with far fewer scholarships actually available. Given recent “decommits” from recruits, when is an offer and acceptance final? Is everything up in the air until Feb 2nd – with scholarships going to the first faxes received (unlikely)? Can recruits enroll early for the upcoming spring semester with a deposit check to secure their ‘commitment”?

    • papadec - Nov 29, 2010 at 11:28 PM

      J-Dog – you beat me to it, Bro !!!!!!!!!! We talked about this (the extensive list @ ISD) – you acted. Way to go!!!! I’m anxious to see the response. Will only the fleet of foot catch up to the Irish bandwagon?

  2. brianyoungblood - Nov 29, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Let’s show them the power of the Irish. Cam has been nominated for the Tom Landry Award which is awarded to the top high school football player in North Texas – one who exemplifies character & leadership. Please cast your vote – one click, no info request:

    • papadec - Nov 29, 2010 at 11:42 PM

      I went to the site – and voted for Cam. I also read the testimonials (comments) regarding Cam & the other candidates. WOW!!!!!!!! What a kid!!!!! Thank you – brian for sharing your information.

    • bostonjan - Nov 30, 2010 at 5:47 PM

      Great idea, Brian. I voted and encourage all Irish fans to do the same – voting closes Weds, 12/1 @ 11 PM. Cam is running 2nd as of this post and the comments about him are outstanding. Come on Irish, support our new “family member”.

  3. vegasirish - Nov 29, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Remember, Cam McDaniel is the best player in Texas 5A football, which is pretty much like an SEC breeding ground. He will be a big time speed player for the Irish.

  4. krups06 - Nov 29, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    Just watched some highlights from his senior season and I was definitely impressed. I would not be surprised in the least if this kid gets every opportunity to be a major factor in the kick/punt return game next year.

    • krups06 - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:12 AM

      Here’s the video I was referring to:

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