Kind Of A Season-Ticket Holder

Every home weekend, Notre Dame hosts different recruits from all over the country. Some are class-of-2009 visitors, and some are prospects in the class-of-2010.

Every game, one face always remains the same.

Daniel Smith, a junior receiver from Clay High about five minutes away from campus, has attended every Irish game this fall.

"It's great seats," Smith said. "They give the recruits great seats to feel the environment, so it's good."

It's an environment the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Smith is very familiar with. His brother-in-law is for Irish safety Gerome Sapp, and he became a Notre Dame fan watching him play as a youngster.

Smith is also becoming very familiar with the coaching staff.

"I get to talk to coach Ianello and coach Parmalee," Smith said. "Coach Ianello is of course the receivers coach, and coach Parmalee recruits my area.

"I'm just going to send my film in to them after the season, and they're going to further evaluate me, and hopefully things are looking good. Up to that, I'm not really sure. I just know they're going to evaluate my film. Fortunately we've been able to have a good season and hopefully that will help me out."

For the season, Smith has 45 catches for 860 yards and seven touchdowns. The all-state candidate also has seven interceptions on defense in helping Clay rally to a 6-5 record and a spot in Friday night's sectional championship game against undefeated Lowell.

"We started off the season kind of rough, but we finished it off real good," Smith said. "We play Lowell this week. They're a worthy opponent. We're just going in there focusing on one game, and hopefully we can knock them off. Nobody thinks we can beat them but us. We've just stayed focused at practice all week, and we're staying positive."

Parmalee has popped into Clay a few times to see Smith as well. Other programs showing interest are Purdue, Michigan State and Indiana. Smith was in Bloomington a couple weeks ago to watch the Hoosiers upset Northwestern for Homecoming.

"It was a great school," Smith said. "Great campus. It was a great opportunity to see what's out there."

After the season is over, Smith plans on sending out his film to a lot of schools.

"Just to get a feel for other places," Smith began. "So far (Notre Dame), that's what I like the most, but I just want to see what's out there. The coaching staff is nice to me in letting me come to all the home games and getting to know the environment a little bit more."

Smith is already booked for Notre Dame's season finale against Syracuse. He normally goes with his parents but this time, he'll take his coach.

"It's a gift to him because this is his last season, like a good bye, because he has helped me through a lot." Top Stories