For the second time in a week, the Irish have finished in second place for an elite recruiting target. Or so it seems from early reports.
Across the internet, it’s been widely reported that Chicago wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is making his college decision this afternoon, with his finalists being Notre Dame and Miami. Daniels has long said that Notre Dame has been his favorite, but whispers along the interweb having Daniels pledging to Miami later today, with the Chicago Sun-Times even brazenly announcing the decision, punctuated with a bullet.
Unable to qualify academically for admission to his first choice, Notre
Dame, wide receiver DaVaris Daniels of Vernon Hills has decided to
enroll at the University of Miami.
Daniels, son of the Washington Redskins’ Phillip Daniels, will make
announcement at a press conference at his high school at noon on
The 6-3, 180-pounder had 13 scholarship offers but never
considered any schools other than Miami and Notre Dame.
In April, prior to the May evaluation period, Daniels said Notre
Dame was his favorite. “Notre Dame has everything I am looking for. I
feel I can fit in there. I am excited about what coach (Brian) Kelly has
to offer. He has committed to the spread offense,” he said.
Daniels reportedly had an offer from Notre Dame, but apparently it was contingent on some academic issues. If we read between the lines, it looks as though those issues likely helped steer the Vernon Hills star to Coral Gables.
I’m finding it hard to believe that Daniels was told flat-out he wasn’t getting into Notre Dame, especially before Daniels even started his senior year of high school. From every discussion I’ve had with people close to the program and with knowledge of the admissions process, if a student-athlete makes a commitment to succeeding in the classroom, most times that student will end up getting admitted.
Anytime you lose the top-ranked skill position player in Illinois it’s a let down — especially if they had Notre Dame as their top school throughout recruiting — but I also tend to believe that a guy not willing to put in extra school work during his final year of high school isn’t a guy that’s going to fit in all that well at Notre Dame.