Irish Have Solid Lead

DaVaris Daniels was one of a handful of top recruits that were on hand to watch the Blue-Gold game on Saturday. The wide receiver from Vernon Hills High School (ill.) came into his unofficial visit with Notre Dame as his leader and the Irish solidified that spot during the visit.

The Notre Dame spring game was one of the more interesting scrimmages in recent memory. Despite a raining afternoon, DaVaris Daniels (6-foot-2, 180-pounds) enjoyed his visit from the moment he stepped onto campus.

"It was fun," Daniels said. "I had a lot of fun with the players and the coaches… they were a lot of fun. I only know a couple of the players on the team, Tommy Rees and T.J. Jones. After the game was over we just chilled and reminisced.

"As far as the coaches, we talked about me possibly coming in next year and playing right away and they just made sure that I was still interested in them.

"I liked the offense," Daniels said. "Who wouldn't? They threw the ball about 80 times. Anytime you get the ball that many times, it's a good thing.

"The fans were crazy. As soon as I got out of my car they started coming up and wanting my autograph. It was crazy, but it was nice."

Daniels enjoyed seeing the Brian Kelly's offense up close for the first time, and in particular he enjoyed watching his childhood friend get into the mix on offense.

"It was nice to see what T.J. did during the game, scoring a touchdown and catching some balls," Daniels explained. "It was nice to see how they incorporated him in as a freshman. I figure that could be me next year. I think that was one of the most important things to see. Coaches need to be honest about what is going to be happening when you show up on campus. They can say that you'll play as a freshman, but seeing how they used T.J., you know that it's reality."

Prior to making his visit last weekend, Daniels had Notre Dame as his clear leader and that didn't change after seeing a little more of the Notre Dame football program.

"I'm kind of leaning that way real good right now," Daniels said. "I'm thinking about making an announcement in early June. It's a possibility that I could do something sooner, but I think it will be in June. I just want to make sure that I'm not making my decision too early. I want to give it a little time to see if anything pops up and if not then I'll announce my decision.

"I'm not looking for additional offers. I'm just taking my time. Right now I'm pretty sold on Notre Dame." Top Stories