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Notre Dame still 1-3 after Vernon Hills' DaVaris Daniels commits

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- I have an aversion to the excitement and anticipation connected with high school commitments and signings that dates to not only my years of covering preps for the Sun-Times, but my previous experience covering Notre Dame in 1997.

The Irish had a former USA Today national prep Offensive Player of the Year (Ron Powlus) and Defensive Player of the Year (Kory Minor) and went 7-6 -- in part because neither Powlus nor Minor became the superstars they were expected to be. And they weren't the only ones in that category on that team.

So it's best to reserve judgment on the significance of Vernon Hills wide receiver DaVaris Daniels committing to Notre Dame on Tuesday -- though its worth noting that he committed three days after Notre Dame's worst loss of the season dropped the Irish to 1-3. He chose Notre Dame over Miami. A commitment from one of the top-rated receivers in the country is a tacit endorsement of Brian Kelly's offense that carries some weight.

The 6-2, 170-pound Daniels is a superior athlete who has caught 10 passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns for the Cougars (5-0) this season. But he's also scored five rushing touchdowns, one touchdown on a punt return, one on an interception and also has thrown a touchdown pass.

All I know for certain about DaVaris Daniels is that he comes from good stock. His father, Washington Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels, is one of the nicest NFL players you'll ever meet -- a winner of the Brian Piccolo Award with the Bears and the Ed Block Courage Award with the Redskins. That carries weight as well.

And Daniels, who played for the Bears from 2000-03 and had nine sacks in 2001, is still making plays at 37 -- he blocked a field goal against the Rams on Sunday.

Which raises interesting possibilities for DaVaris Daniels. Brian Kelly is known for his powers of persuasion -- maybe he can convince the kid to play defense, where it appears the Irish have a greater need for playmakers.

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