Looking To Learn

Living just five minutes down the road, for as many times as Daniel Smith has been on Notre Dame's campus, the Irish verbal commit and four-star receiver had only attended one prior football practice.

A regular at the home games and camp in the summer, Daniel Smith hopes to make it to as many future Notre Dame spring practices he can, so he can get a glimpse of what the future holds for him. The Scout.com top-100 player attended this past Saturday's workout.

"I'm just trying to learn," the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Smith stated.

"It was fun watching one-on-ones and stuff like that, and learning what goes on at practice."

Smith quickly realized you have to bring it everyday on every rep.

"The one-on-ones were back and forth. The defense was doing really good, and then the receivers would go and make a play. They both were doing good.

"John Goodman had a good practice from what I was watching. He had a lot of good catches."

Smith had a lot of good catches himself, during his junior season. In helping lead Clay High to the sectional title contest, Smith hauled in 51 passes for 1,071 yards and nine touchdowns. He's excited to join a very talented Irish receiving corps in the fall of 2010.

"I'm just encouraged," Smith said. "It makes me want to work even harder to earn a spot in that group, because it's a real good core of receivers, and to be a part of that would be a great accomplishment."

Smith obviously spent much of his time with the receivers at practice, paying close attention to how Rob Ianello coaches up the position.

"He does a real good job," Smith said. "He seems like a great teacher. He'll tell you if you do something wrong, and what you have to do to improve yourself."

While at practice, Smith met another one of the state of Indiana's top recruiting prospects in Blake Lueders. The talented defensive end/outside linebacker from Zionsville High holds an Irish offer, and Smith got a chance to tell Lueders why Notre Dame was an easy decision for him.

"It was just a friendly meeting," Smith began. "I got to get to know about him, and I know he is from Indiana, and talk to him, but I didn't get to go into full detail about why he should go to Notre Dame.

"Just the atmosphere, it was really live that practice, so I'm sure he had a good time."

Smith always has a good time on Notre Dame's campus, and knowing that the Irish program is in his future, has given his recent visits a fresh new feel.

"Yeah I mean, just knowing that's my school for the next four years, that pretty much made it different for me," Smith explained. "It's my school."

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