The dream for Clay's Daniel Smith is official; he's off to Notre Dame

Daniel Smith grew up wanting to play football at Notre Dame. He announced a year ago that's what he was going to do. And even through a coaching change, none of that changed.

On Wednesday, the Clay standout wide receiver made it official, signing his National Letter of Intent to play for the Fighting Irish in the fall.

"You know it's a blessing," Smith said Wednesday. "That's all I can really say--it's a blessing. You always dream this--but for this to actually be happening, it's great."

Smith's brother-in-law Gerome Sapp played for Notre Dame, so in many ways, the relationship was meant to be.

"I love Notre Dame and I grew up watching Notre Dame and wanting to play for them--it's just a dream come true for me," says Smith.

Smith said he grew a fond appreciation for Charlie Weis and his staff and that having to go through a coaching change was difficult.

However, he says he really likes coach Kelly and Kelly's enthusiasm. Smith says he's very comfortable with everyone on the Irish coaching staff and can't wait for June to arrive so he can be on campus officially.

Smith was a consensus All-State wide receiver for the Colonials and is expected to play wideout for the Irish.

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