"It was a surprise to get an offer from Georgia," said Matt Daniels
. "They are a great football program that has produced a lot of top safeties who made it to the NFL. Because of that it's intriguing for me, and I have to take Georgia's decision to offer under consideration."
A month ago Daniels chose Duke over offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana and Air Force. Since that time the secret has gotten out to several power programs - all of whom have been in touch in hopes of procuring a commitment switch.
"It's been really busy since I committed. I've heard from Georgia, LSU, Purdue, and South Carolina. LSU and South Carolina are probably going to offer from what they've said. Purdue already has."
Despite all the heavy interest, the commitment to Duke is holding firm for the moment for the 6'1, 195 pound Fayette County standout after he had a chance to speak with recruiting coach Glenn Spencer.
"I talked to Coach Spencer about Georgia's offer and the other schools coming after me. We talked about the great decision I made last month and how that was the right decision then, and it'll always be the right decision. I don't think he's too worried about anything with me. We talked about staying strong and that's what I'm going to try to do."
"Over the summer I will camp at Duke and probably Georgia too. I'll also visit Georgia to see what it's like in that kind of atmosphere. Just to see how it's different, but in the end I'm going to stick with Duke."
Despite the public pronouncement, Daniels will continue to be recruited hard by the Dawgs and other suitors. In fact he'll likely hear the UGa recruiting pitch on a daily basis from friend and teammate Brandon Boykin - who has committed to Georgia.
"He's going to recruit me, but my mom and I were talking about it and the best thing we could do would be to recruit him to come to Duke with me. So I guess we're going to spend the next year recruiting each other to our schools."
For Fayette County High, Daniels plays on both sides of the ball. As a junior he rushed 200 times for more than 1,300 yards and 20 TDs for Fayette County. Defensively he's a ferocious hitter at the safety position, logging 40 tackles, 26 assists, and one interception in 2006.
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Matt Daniels has been offered by one of the nation's top programs - so will he stick with Duke?