Daniels eyes pathway to Notre Dame

Defensive tackle Darrion Daniels of Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne talks about his offer from Notre Dame and what it would mean for his current teammates to all play at the same college.

Bishop Dunne of Dallas, Texas has four players on its roster that currently hold Notre Dame offers, and that includes senior defensive backs Nick Watkins and Payton Hendrix, senior offensive tackle Jovan Pruitt (Arkansas commit), and most recently junior defensive tackle Darrion Daniels.

Daniels now holds five offers (Arizona State, Baylor, Notre Dame, Texas Tech and Oklahoma), but just a week ago, he could claim none.

"It's a lot to take in right now," Daniels said. "I haven't had too much time to dwell on each offer at this point, but that Notre Dame offer feels excellent. Honestly, I didn't know Notre Dame was even interested. But, just earning this offer makes me feel very accomplished."

Daniels has yet to have a one-on-one conversation with a member of the Irish coaching staff, but he already is familiar with Notre Dame's style of defense.

"I'm very interested," Daniels said. "I just love Notre Dame's defense, how fast they play and their tempo. I play with a high motor and have good instincts for the ball."

Teammates cornerback Nick Watkins and safety Payton Hendrix are visiting Notre Dame when the Irish take on USC on Oct. 19, and both are primary targets for Notre Dame to land in 2014.

"Nick and Payton really want all of us to stay together," Daniels said. "We talk about it a lot. It would probably help out my decision more if they both went to Notre Dame."

However, Daniels is in no rush to finish the recruiting process that just got kicked into high gear.

"I will probably wait until after this season to take any visits," Daniels said. "I'm focused on our season, just winning and getting faster hands."

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