At Notre Dame's junior day on Saturday afternoon, Daniel Smith, a four-star receiver who lives five minutes away from the Irish campus, picked up a scholarship offer from head coach Charlie Weis. On Monday, the Scout.com top-100 player gave Weis his verbal commitment.
Smith's father confirmed with Irish Eyes on Sunday afternoon, that Smith wanted to give Weis his verbal pledge in person before going public with his commitment. In doing so, Smith becomes the second verbal commit in Notre Dame's 2010 class, joining five-star offensive tackle Christian Lombard.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Smith is a three-year varsity starter at Clay, and picked the Irish over offers from Purdue, Indiana and Central Michigan. Several other schools were showing interest. This past season, Smith had 51 receptions for 1,071 yards and nine touchdowns. He also intercepted seven passes from his safety spot, helping lead the Colonials to the Sectional Championship game.
Smith, who has a 3.6 GPA, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, is also a standout on the track. At the state finals in late May, Smith took home two all-state medals. He finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 22 feet-10.25 inches, and ran a leg on the 1600-meter relay team that finished sixth. Smith has also cleared 6-foot-6 in the high jump, winning the sectional title with that mark.
Smith's brother-in-law is former Notre Dame safety Gerome Sapp.
More coming very soon in a video interview from Smith's press conference at the school.