It's Official: Clay's Daniel Smith picks Notre Dame

It's official: Clay junior wide receiver Daniel Smith will be a Domer.

There was little suspense at Monday's 3:00 p.m. press conference as Smith made official the worst kept secret in the area.

He received the offer from the Irish on Saturday, and just hours later told them yes.

"Right after they offered me, immediately I was just astounded. I couldn't believe what had happened at that point. I decided I was ready to commit to this school, I had always dreamed of this as a kid," Smith explained.

Smith also had offers from Notre Dame, Central Michigan, Purdue and Indiana.

The standout has longed to be a Domer. He told me at the end of the regular season that if Notre Dame offered, he would accept. He says he never wavered, despite the team's struggles.

"In my heart, I've always wanted to go there. Success or no success, I was always planning to attend Notre Dame," Smith says.

Smith is just a junior and has caught passes from seven different quarterbacks. Despite all that, he's all over the Colonial record book.

Retiring coach Mike Kuntz could not be happier for Smith, "It's not just the athletic ability, his citizenship, it's the way he carries himself, how polite he is, how thoughtful he is, and he is a leader," Kuntz says. "And yet he is the quietest most unassuming young man you'll ever meet," he added.

As a freshman, he set the school's single game reception record with 10 catches against Penn in 2006.

This past season, he set the school's record for receptions in a season (51) and career (127). He also has a school record 25 touchdown catches.

In his final game of 2008, Smith had 202 yards receiving against Lowell in the sectional championship.

IU was the first to offer Smith a scholarship. Central Michigan followed three weeks ago.

Purdue made their offer on Friday.

"It's a dream come true for me. It's a job for life basically. That's what I wanted in a school, I just didn't want the possibility of going to the NFL, just in case football wasn't the direction I was headed after college. I'd like to have a job," a still excited Smith explained.

Smith is a three-sport star, also participating in basketball and track and field. He is considered a model student with a high GPA and is well liked by his peers.


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