Georgia DB Turns Blue Devil Recruiter

When head coach Ted Roof and the Blue Devils earned a commitment from Georgia safety Matt Daniels, they knew the recruiting battle wasn't ending. Since that time the Duke bound Daniels has become a major target for several other programs throughout the region. Over the weekend, however, he once again affirmed his commitment to Duke while on campus for the one day camp.

"The visit to Duke was really a lot of fun," said Matt Daniels of his weekend. "Watching all the talent out there competing was worth the trip by itself. I also got a chance to hang out with the coaches and players and just catch up on things."

While watching camp and reaffirming his relationship with the Duke program was on the agenda, Daniels also found time to do some recruiting of his own.

"When they were running the forties, Coach Spencer told me to watch Lee Butler because he was a big time target for them. So, around lunch time I went over and started talking to him about recruiting, about Duke, and so on. Later on we went on a tour with his parents. They were all really loving the entire scene at Duke - the campus, the football, the education, all of it."

"When he talked to me last night and told me he had committed, I wasn't surprised at all. We talked about bringing in a really great 2008 class and being the group that helps complete the turnaround here. I introduced him to guys like Chris Davis, Leon Wright, and Vince Oghobaase - he seemed to really fit in well with all of us, so I'm really glad he's committed. He's going to be a good player for us."

For the most part the weekend was pretty low key for Daniels while at Duke. The coaching staff made no overtures about the recruiting process - nor was the subject broached. Something the future Blue Devil is perfectly fine to leave at the door when setting foot on campus.

"We've already done all that. They check in with me about once a week with just general stuff. They are more interested in how school finished up, or how my summer is going, or just to see what is new with me. The coaches aren't worried about recruiting, and they aren't needing to be concerned."

That's a stark contrast to the rest of the region's power programs - most of whom have continued to recruit Daniels despite his commitment.

"I'm hearing a lot from a bunch of schools. South Carolina, Georgia, Clemson, and North Carolina are all really trying to get me to listen. I was supposed to go down to Georgia again a week ago, but my parents had to go out of town. The Georgia coaches were telling me how much they want to show me what Georgia has to offer, but my parents couldn't go."

For the rest of the summer, Daniels expects to lay low while preparing for his senior season. He's already started summer workouts three days a week, and will be participating in a seven on seven tournament at Georgia Tech in early July. However, he isn't expecting to travel too much between now and the time practice will start in August.

"We are looking like we can have a really good senior season. Recruiting is out of the way, so we can focus on that. Once the season is over, it'll be time to turn my attention to Duke and preparing to go in and hopefully establish myself as an impact player early on."

A 4.0 student throughout his high school career, Daniels once again finished a semester with perfect marks earning a 98, four 100s, and a 96 during the Spring.

"I don't know what happened with the 96. It was that's killing me."

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