For the second and third times in a week, members of Notre Dame’s so-called “Frozen Five” have learned their respective fates. For one, though, said fate doesn’t involve being in South Bend next season.
According to a tweet from Phillip Daniels, father of DaVaris Daniels, “[f]inally after over 4 months my son got an answer” on the Irish wide receiver’s status for 2014. Simply put, the former NFL defensive lineman stated, “[h]e is done at Notre Dame.”
The father added his son will now “weigh his options for the future.” Based on a tweet posted to the player’s own Twitter account, that apparently won’t include playing at the collegiate level in 2015.
Daniels, along with linebacker Kendall Moore, defensive end Ishaq Williams and defensive backs Eilar Hardy and KeiVarae Russell, has not played at all this season as the university conducts an investigation into allegations of academic fraud. Late last week, it was reported that Russell would sit out the remainder of the 2014 season but would return to the Irish football team in 2015.
Earlier this month it was reported that Notre Dame will not publicly announce the results of its investigation. Instead, the school will allow the players caught up in the probe to disclose their statuses if they so desire.
Daniels was a four-star member of the Irish’s 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 21 receiver in the country and the No. 2 player at any position in the state of Illinois. He was one of the highest-rated skill players in the Irish’s class that year, behind only tight end Ben Koyack. In addition to ND, Daniels also held offers from, among others, Arkansas, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wisconsin.
Last season, Daniels was second on the team in receptions (49), receiving yards (745) and receiving yards (seven). He will presumably conclude his Irish career with 80 catches for 1,235 yards and seven touchdowns.
During a press conference ahead of a showdown with Florida State dripping with College Football Playoff implications, Brian Kelly also revealed the 2014 fate of another of the sidelined players.