Nov 29, 2010, 1:42 PM EST
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.