Notre Dame, Miami jostle for four-star wideout
It’s safe to say that DaVaris Daniels is a hot prospect right now.
The four-star wide receiver and son of Washington Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels was scheduled to announce his college decision Tuesday at a press conference, but the announcement was postponed by Vernon Hills (Ill.) coach Tony Monken at the request of Daniels and his father.
It is believed that Daniels, who accounted for 888 total yards (221 receiving, 344 rushing and 323 passing) as a junior in 2009, will now wait until after his senior season to make a decision.
The 6-3, 180-pounder had more than a dozen scholarship offers but narrowed his choices to Notre Dame and Miami.
According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, the highly-touted prospect was expected to commit to the Hurricanes over the Fighting Irish at the presser. The wideout was believed to have been unable to qualify academically for admission to Notre Dame, which was his first choice.
This led to the question of whether Irish head coach Brian Kelly was able to work something out with the admissions department to net Daniels more time to get his academics in order so that he’d be eligible to enroll.
However, as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chip Towers points out in his blog, someone claiming to be Phillip Daniels scolded the writer of the Sun-Times article, Taylor Bell, taking exception to Bell asserting that Daniels could not academically qualify for admission to Notre Dame. If you click on the link to the Sun-Times article above, you can see Daniels’ (alleged) comments in the comments section below the article. Daniels is known to take to message boards, as he personally weighed in with his frustrations on the fan forum at UGASports.com to express his frustration that his alma mater, Georgia, did not offer his son a scholarship.
Bringing Daniels into the fold would be huge for the Irish, as Kelly has yet to land a top-notch offensive playmaker to his 2011 class.
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