Daniels Keeping an Open Mind

With his wide open offense, Brian Kelly shouldn't have a problem of attracting wide receivers to his program. DaVaris Daniels from Vernon Hills High School (Ill.) is one of the best in the 2011 recruiting class and he's going to take a long look at the Irish.

Brian Kelly hasn't coached a game at Notre Dame, but his reputation for running a high-powered offense is already attracting some of the top wide receivers is the 2011 recruiting class. Scout.com's No. 5 ranked receiver, DaVaris Daniels (6-foot-2, 180-pounds) has an offer from the Irish and he's looking forward to learning more about Kelly's offense.

"I talk to coach Martin just about every week. I e-mail him, I call him, we stay in touch all the time," Daniels explained. "(The coaching change) is not that big of a deal. If anything it's better because coach Kelly has a reputation of winning wherever he goes, and that's all I want to do. I want to contribute to my team winning and I was told that I might be able to get there and play right away, so I like that option.

"I like the way he ran his program at Cincinnati. He has a way of getting his receivers the ball in a number of different ways, and that is something that I like. I talked to coach Kelly on signing day and I can really see myself getting along with him. I hope to become more familiar with his offense later on. I want to see how he does at Notre Dame and see if he does the same things he had done at Cincinnati."

Most recruiting fans already know that DaVaris' dad, Phillip played at Georgia, and would expect the Bulldogs to have a distinct recruiting advantage, but DaVaris is quick to point out that he's heard plenty about Notre Dame from his godfather and former Notre Dame player Andre Jones.

"Growing up and hearing all the things about Notre Dame, seeing the movie Rudy, and talking about all the tradition that they have… Andre (Jones) went there, and with him being so close to my dad, we talked all the time (about Notre Dame)," he explained. "They had their little rivalry between Notre Dame and Georgia. So just like Georgia, Notre Dame has been in the conversation with me ever since I was little.

"I'm going to keep an open mind to all schools. There are no favorites, I'm just trying to see what everyone has to offer and I'm open to opportunities anywhere. We really haven't thought about narrowing it down too soon. We just want to wait until football season starts and go from there.

"I talked to me dad," he said. "I also talked to my teammate Evan Spencer, because we have a lot of the same offers, and we don't know if we're going to go to the same college or not, but we've all sat down and talked. I think I'll plan on making a decision sometime during my season."

DaVaris is tentatively scheduled to attend the Notre Dame junior day on March 20.

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