Recruitment of WR DaVaris Daniels takes dramatic turn

DaVaris Daniels’ recruitment is turning into quite a drama.

As I reported in this morning’s “Ten at 10,” the highly-touted wide receiver out of Vernon Hills, Ill., abruptly canceled a press conference he had scheduled for noon Tuesday. According to a Chicago Sun Times report, Daniels was expected to commit to Miami over Notre Dame at that time.

As you may also know, Daniels’ father is none other than UGA letterman and Georgia native Phillip Daniels, a longtime NFL player most recently with the Washington Redskins. Well, somebody claiming to be Daniels absolutely lambasted the author of the Sun Times article, calling it “a fabrication” and “a bunch of lies.” In particular, Daniels took exception to the story’s assertion that Daniels could not academically qualify for admission to Notre Dame, his first choice, which is why he was going to commit to Miami, his second choice.

Click on THIS LINK and you can see Daniels’ (alleged) comment in the comments section below the article.

Meanwhile, Daniels’ recruitment by his father’s alma mater remains somewhat of a mystery. What is known is that the Bulldogs have not offered the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Daniels a scholarship. This is frustrating to Phillip Daniels, who has personally weighed in on it before on the fan forum at UGASports.com.

It has been theorized that the Bulldogs — who are in need of wide receivers — simply want Daniels to attend a camp so that can get a first-hand assessment. As of this writing Daniels hasn’t done that.

Nevertheless, Daniels is considered one of the best prospects in the greater Chicago area and has more than a dozen scholarship offers. So he has some choices. Looks like he’s going to take some more time to consider them.

Stay tuned. This one could get interesting.

87 comments Add your comment

destin dawg

June 22nd, 2010
6:22 pm

destin dawg

June 22nd, 2010
6:23 pm

hey we need WR’s ??? let’s get all we can

82Dawg

June 22nd, 2010
6:26 pm

You would think his Dad would get him to come to the camp, he wanted him to come UGA.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

June 22nd, 2010
6:56 pm

Well get the ball rolling…. The young man needs to get into camp and showcase his talents. His father should know enough about how the process works to handle it correctly.

Chip Towers

June 22nd, 2010
7:00 pm

59bulldawg: you were right. updated.

CMR better get on the stick !

June 22nd, 2010
7:05 pm

UGA needs to do a better job in recruiting ! Fire Garner immediately

ryan

June 22nd, 2010
7:12 pm

If we land Daniels that would be a major coup and the Dream Team rolls on GO DAWGS!

The Sham

June 22nd, 2010
7:15 pm

Before the bashers fire up, let me say that I applaud the UGA recruiters for not chasing after him just bc his daddy played here. I think it’d be a nice story if he garnered an offer on his own merit, but I think UGA should be applauded for not jumping when this kid’s dad says to. If that was in fact what he was doing previously. Otherwise, if they want to give the courtesy of a camp invite and he won’t take it, oh well. Perhaps he knows he’s not good enough and should go somewhwere else… IMO

Ramblor

June 22nd, 2010
7:19 pm

Alright, Chip. You’re batting 0.825 when linking UGA to all of your recruiting stories. Keep up the good work for the pups.

BR 5-4-9

June 22nd, 2010
7:23 pm

ryan

June 22nd, 2010
7:23 pm

Hey Ramblor UGA are not pups not this year the Junk Yard Dog is back.

Bobo, Bobo, a pirate's life for me

June 22nd, 2010
7:37 pm

Why won’t he just attend a camp then? If his father is truly that interested in him playing at Georgia, then get him a plane ticket and fly him down for the next camp!

ryan

June 22nd, 2010
7:39 pm

They have to at least look at him and see he wants play here or not .You have take a chance they did with that jerk Da Rick Rodgers.

JP

June 22nd, 2010
7:49 pm

DREAM TEAM…come up with something original you stupid rednecks!! I know you have a very limited vocabulary but certainly you can do better. Who cares anyway…they always get 5 star recruits and do nothing with them!

Bulldog59

June 22nd, 2010
8:13 pm

Chip, my best source (and he is always a source of solid info) told me weeks ago that the coaches simply want Daniels to attend a camp to get a first hand look at him, talk to him, etc., before they make any sort of decision. Could it be that Phillip Daniels believes his son shouldn’t have to “audition” at UGA? If that is the case, I side with CMR and Co. on this one.

We all know CMR doesn’t like drama. Best bet for this kid is to attend a camp and strut his stuff. Dad knows the process very well.

GatorintheHootch

June 22nd, 2010
8:14 pm

Here’s a great recruiting slogan for Richt and his assistants, directly from the immagination of the Georgia SI department….

“Come, you can be a part of the Georgia Bulldog ‘DREAM DREAM’….the place where ‘DREAMS’ never end!”

Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

college is forever

June 22nd, 2010
8:29 pm

http://collegelunchboxes.com We can always use another WR and if this kids talent is that promising hopefully the coaching staff will make an offer. We all know the answer if there is no offer made. Check out the new website for the UGA retro classic tin lunchbox. Go Dawgs!!!

yayGoVols

June 22nd, 2010
8:35 pm

sigh.

Months later and still not over the (loss) of DA’RICK….
I guess I understand. He’s one heck of a record setting WR.

Rodney Dangerfield

June 22nd, 2010
8:42 pm

The Dream Team, haha. Are they going to wear black helmets???

ryan

June 22nd, 2010
8:49 pm

Hey you haters Dream Team in the Olympics won gold medal everybody wants to hate on UGA but your are playing right into UGA hands. Talk is cheap wait till season starts.

jarvis

June 22nd, 2010
8:52 pm

Georgia is one of two local teams, and for some reason Georgia Tech is having no luck signing anyone, logic would dictate that the Dawgs would dominate the recruiting page of the Atlanta paper.

Tech was mentioned in the 10 at 10. They lost Clay Burton to ND.

TXDawg

June 22nd, 2010
9:00 pm

Hey Chip, didn’t UGA just lose out on a WR recruit to Miami? Maybe the DAWGS are in the process of redirecting focus to this Daniels kid as a result.

82Dawg

June 22nd, 2010
9:02 pm

Taylor Bell, sounds like some of the reporters at the AJC………….

icedawg

June 22nd, 2010
9:10 pm

Hold on. Each player should be evaluated and recruited based upon their own abilities. Of course if a parent or sibling has played there they should at least get a look. But I hardly see that recruitment based simply upon genealogy is a wise approach.

ryan

June 22nd, 2010
9:17 pm

UGA wont get Daniels and we did miss out on Phill Dorset his dream was to go the Canes but one guy to keep an eye on is Ja Juan Story out of FL. He has UGA as his leader!

Ric Flair

June 22nd, 2010
9:22 pm

The AJC needs to rename this column “UGA Recruiting”.

GatorintheHootch

June 22nd, 2010
9:37 pm

Hey, Ryan…come on, man, wake up from your 20-year dream…yeah, you lost 17 out of 20 times and didn’t win 17 out of 20. But it was a nice dream, wasn’t it? Maybe you should just keep on dreaming….RUN, LINDSEY, RUN….there you go!!! Nice dream, isn’t it?

ryan

June 22nd, 2010
10:17 pm

Dude you know the Gator run is going to run out with UGA doing better in recruiting and also FSU and the Canes are getting better to . Talk Talk all you want just wait till the season starts .

Look Alive

June 22nd, 2010
10:18 pm

This column is now named UGA RECRUITING as requested by ric flair. only UGA FANS needed. thanks ric good idea

CDAWG

June 22nd, 2010
10:35 pm

What does it matter if we call it the “Dream Team” All you non-believers go to your blogs and talk about whatever. As for us Dawg fans…..WE BELIEVE!!! Go Dawgs, GATA!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 22nd, 2010
10:44 pm

I’m not going to get worked up over this. As for Duh’Rick -he hasn’t caught a pass yet so let’s not get ahead of ourselves in calling him great.

Red Dog 77

June 22nd, 2010
11:21 pm

Oh Flo-Ri-Duh………….You’ve done it again ! Dead On my friend !……….As for the Daniels kid, come to camp, show your stuff, and if you are as good as you are supposed to be, you’ll be offered………..That is………If you are a quality “team” person, and you show that you are a student as well as an athelete………….Come on down to Athens ! We’d love to have you in RED and BLACK.

Herschel Walker the Locker Room Stalker

June 22nd, 2010
11:29 pm

Come on down to Athens DaVaris, Chip will be there to greet you with a big ole HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS

Red Dog 77

June 22nd, 2010
11:38 pm

JP 6/22 7:49PM……….Original ?…….What are you some kind of bee or something ?…..How’s your recruiting going ? down-hill………all down-hill you say ?…….Hell if you don’t ID yourself, how in the name sanity can you have any sort of dicussion, or debate ?………Who’s your team JP ? I would have to say that with the ” DREAM TEAM ” handle on this years class UGA is doing pretty dern well………..Now wouldn’t you ? You know of any better ?………Heck we got the number 1 or number2 rated QB in the nation depending on who you read, and then we have……..bla……..bla……bla well a whole boat load of top players……..but other than the QB, Christian LeMay no 5 stars in this bunch, just a “dream team ” of top notch mean nasty, hard hitting football players………………What say you JP ?……….I’d like to know !……………..Regards, RED

blackprix

June 23rd, 2010
12:25 am

You dawg fans are right about having a ‘dream team’ … don’t you always dream about that and nothing ever comes to fruition! We call that delusional!

Paddy

June 23rd, 2010
12:49 am

He should go to Northwestern.

North Ave Killer Beez

June 23rd, 2010
1:04 am

5 Star stud athletes sign to play with uga every year only to get there and pretty much get nuetered by CMR. I know I know he’s a nice guys, now all the georgia players are to :)

Amsterdam Sam

June 23rd, 2010
1:51 am

Chip – I am a UGA alum and I know you do not have time to police these blogs, but you did ban POAD when he was using more than an acronym. Same should apply to YellowSkeeters are PeterEaters and blackprix. Living here in Amsterdam, I am no prude, but I do think there are young prople coming to these blogs whose parents (I have a young teenage son) do not want them exposed to such juvenile and delinquent behavior. Besides, what applies to one should apply to the others – no matter what team they pull for.

Number 2 Tech Fan

June 23rd, 2010
2:10 am

I think ga recruiting is freaking hilarius

Bulldog

June 23rd, 2010
3:05 am

I wouldn’t miss your comments, YellerSkeeters, as you’ve never posted anything insightful. And certainly not entertaining.

Notso Fast

June 23rd, 2010
5:49 am

What do you get when you combine a Dream Team with black helmets?? Another nightmare in Jacksonville.

destin dawg

June 23rd, 2010
6:05 am

Sam’s right!!!! Kick these idiots off !!! lets talk some football !!

gtfanfrom1951

June 23rd, 2010
6:57 am

Bulldog, I agree you on YellerSkeeters.

ckgator

June 23rd, 2010
7:20 am

I’m sure this kid from Chicago is just dying to play for coach butt-cut in Athens.

Dawglasville

June 23rd, 2010
7:49 am

North Ave Killer Beez – We seldom get 5 star athletes. Richt usually finishes with top 10 classes. More often than not he finishes top ten in the polls.

Chris Pool

June 23rd, 2010
8:13 am

DaVaris is a special talent and could play at any school in the country. He’s that good. Oklahoma has offered, Miami has offered, Notre Dame has offered, Michigan has offered. Those are some pretty good programs. I agree with one of the previous comments. If UGA wants him to come to camp and the Daniels family wants him to attend Georgia…just go to the camp. You’re good enough. If you don’t get an offer, what are you out? You still have a several other very good offers. I wish DaVaris and his family the best. I’ve been in this business for 14 years. Take your time, nobody is putting a gun to your head to commit. Shut your recruitment down this summer. Take your 5 OFFICIAL VISITS that the NCAA is giving you and make an educated decision. Visit the schools, check out the academics which should be priority No. 1. You spend the most time in your college career with your strength coach, do you like him? How about your position coach? Do you get along with the guys on the team? This isn’t a process that shouldn’t be handled carelessly. That’s why we have a ton of de-commitments every year. Nobody does their do diligence any more.

Like Father, like son? nope

June 23rd, 2010
8:22 am

90% of the time, the son of the coach or of the former all world player never pans out. I mean, way back when in the mid to late 70s UGA recruited Jeff Pyburn out of Athens to play ball. Jeff was an athlete but not a quality QB at the needed level and his time on the team was very devisive. His daddy was at that time UGA’s Offensive co ordinator and he and Vince were really divided ……… prior to this, they had attended Aubrun together as teamates and pals.

We ran the Veer and QB Jeff had lousy hands and always made a shaky pitch and an fumble ensued. Finally, Belue arrived and we righted the ship. Coach Pyburn left for HS coaching job.

This is not a son of a Bulldog thing, but it does illustrate the issues with having nepotism rule. If the Daniels kid is FAST and has some size and quickness and great hands, maybe we can take a look. There are simply too mnay such players in Georgia and Florida to care.

Go Dogs.

Pago Pago Dawg

June 23rd, 2010
8:52 am

Word on the street…the DAWGS may be backing off a tad…

dap01

June 23rd, 2010
8:55 am

ckgator: Don’t worry about CMR, atleast he is not sleeping in padded cells.

RxDawg

June 23rd, 2010
9:02 am

Juicy!

“It has been theorized that the Bulldogs — who are in need of wide receivers — simply want Daniels to attend a camp so that can get a first-hand assessment. As of this writing Daniels hasn’t done that.”

That makes sense to me. There are a lot of very good WR prospects out there. If UGA can get an up close and personal look at enough WR’s, there really isn’t much of a reason to go chasing after another one across the country just because his father played here. Besides, recruiting can be a two way street. If the kid has interest in playing for the dawgs, he can certainly send in video’s or attend camps.

That said, since we missed out on Charone Peak (sp?) maybe we can start to open up to some new people.

Red Dawg for Life

June 23rd, 2010
9:06 am

The thing with DaVaris Daniels is that he has yet to come down to a camp so he can show his skills off the coaches and so the coaches can develop a personal bond with him. If some of you would check out UGAsports.com you will see a kid by the name of Ty Montgomery starting to come up. This kid came to camp a couple of weeks ago all the way from Dallas. You are telling me an ex-Dawg who has ties to the program and is from the state of GA has not pushed his kid in attending a camp at UGA?? Seems kind of odd if he hasn’t.

I am sure the coaches know how good DaVaris is but they want him to attend these camps so he can match up against the top talent that comes to these camps. This Ty Montgomery recruit is currently committed to Stanford, but as you may all recall that was the same case with Justin Scott-Wesley as he was committed to the same school and then decommitted and wants to be a Dawg. Just judging by what the coaches have said about Montgomery is that the kid is a “beast” and has bonded with the staff. That is why the coaches are after Montgomery cause he made the trip to Athens while being committed to Stanford. It just shows that this kid is willing to take a chance on Mark Richt and the Dawgs. As we all know recruiting can become very interesting at times and the only thing that matters with these recruits is when they come in….how will they pan out in terms of the success they have on and off the field.

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Jan Kemp

June 23rd, 2010
9:10 am

Amsterdam Sam – You should be banned based on you idiotic posts. Funny you trying to police anything. What’s your son’s name = Joran Van Der Sloot?

Chip Towers

June 23rd, 2010
9:10 am

TXDawg: Georgia had offered Phillip Dorsett of Ft. Lauderdale, who recently committed to Miami.

Rogers21

June 23rd, 2010
9:15 am

Oh Da’Rick was the bomb until he decided to go to Tennessee
and then he became the most overhyped player in the world.
No wonder so much fun is made of Georgia football fan. Peace!

Chris Petersen

June 23rd, 2010
9:19 am

Dear Coach Richt -

I don’t want you offering him if he doesn’t make the effort to attend camp.

And keep that “Dream Team” thing going. All we get out here in Boise are 2 and 3 stars. Then we have to coach them up. I can’t wait to be able to coach up highly rated recruits for a change.

The little Mrs. has been looking at houses in Athens. It’s hotter and more humid but I told her she’ll get used to it.

Keep up the good job in recruiting.

All the best,
Chris

How2fish

June 23rd, 2010
9:20 am

ckgator he would rather play for CUM as CUM has promised he will share his MEDS with him. And North Ave Killer Beez CMR manages to coach well enough to stomp muholes in the Bees 8 out of 9 years something the Wattle Neck Goon will never be able to say about UGA.

RxDawg

June 23rd, 2010
9:20 am

Nice post Chris Pool.

Herschel Walker the Locker Room Stalker

June 23rd, 2010
9:24 am

All GT fans should know that Chip is a uga homer, for god’s sake he’s a uga journalism grad what do you expect! Asking Chip to be even handed in is reporting of GT recruiting would be like asking me the great Herschel Walker the Locker Room Stalker to sing the Rambling Wreck song after my MMA fights. It just ain’t gonna happen folks

RxDawg

June 23rd, 2010
9:34 am

There world is full of three types of people.

1) Those that think Chip is a UGA homer.

2) Those that think Chip is a UGA hater.

3) Those that know better.

All in favor of the latter say aye. Aye!

How2fish

June 23rd, 2010
9:37 am

Me

June 23rd, 2010
9:48 am

How about…the “Dream Team”…’cause they can only dream of beating Florida!

gdawginkalamazoo

June 23rd, 2010
9:51 am

The kid needs to attend a camp. Period. Phillip was one hell of a dawg and if his son is drawing quality offers he must be decent also. PD needs to get his son to Athens and meet the coaches IF that is where he wants his son to be. Not a bad place to be either with the QB talent we supposedly have.

Chris Eagle

June 23rd, 2010
9:54 am

This is the AJC. As in Atlanta…. As in Georgia. It is the State school. UGA is more popular, hated, and divisive than any other school in the city. And you wonder why Chip would reporton them? Idiots.

UGA1997HiramAbiff

June 23rd, 2010
9:56 am

I do not know Davaris but I do know his old man personally. I am a UGA alum and was there from ‘93 to ‘97. Big Phil played almost every position in high school (QB, PK, P, RB, LB, DE….) and played them well. It is scary that Davaris is not just cut from the same cloth but did the same thing in high school. Their work ethic and integrity is impeccable. If you lined up every workout horse in the NFL from 1 to infinity…Phil will destroy anyone in the gym and comes to camp healthy (2004 the exception), ready and above all with a non-stop penchant for football. The Daniels family are a class act and it’s hard for me to stomach putting the onus on their family to fly him down for a camp when they can just as sure get on a plane and watch a game, film, etc. Hines Ward was the same kind of player (gritty, tough as nails and multi-faceted) but above all the one thing Hines and Phil had in common…..they never quit! Georgia football needs players like Davaris who are model student athletes outside the hedges but will punch your $%#^$& mouth loose between them. Go Dawgs!

Chris Eagle

June 23rd, 2010
9:56 am

I’m a Georgia Southern Alum and fan… But I know that the AJC is going to report on UGA and GT when it come to recruiting. It just makes sense. If any other recruiting stories have relavance to the state/ATL, then Chip will report that also.

SILLY UGA FANS

June 23rd, 2010
10:06 am

Something funny with this whole thing and it makes you wonder if there really is something up with his grades or another matter if all he has to do is attend a camp. Is this kid so special he can’t do what what most other kids do and attend camp after camp to show and refine skills.

Maitland Mike

June 23rd, 2010
10:13 am

Just drove thru Athens on my way to the N.C. mountains and did a little stop by tour of UGA for the first time since mid 90’s. Still a pretty campus but you could fit the entire school in one corner of the UF campus. In size, depth and scope…really doesn’t compare to UF. There, that should get the Dawgs going! LOL

The Tinman

June 23rd, 2010
10:22 am

I am a long time Dawg fan and I do not remember Philip Daniels. When was he at UGA?

RUSS FOR PRESIDENT

June 23rd, 2010
10:25 am

I know its prob to late but i had to comment on some things!!! North Ave Killer Beez is an ABSOLUTE IDIOT!!!! How are you gonna say we ALWAYS get these 5 star recruits? Maybe your retarded self should go look on rivals or scout.com and just see how many we got last yr…….give up?????? ZERO, you moron

DP

June 23rd, 2010
10:27 am

Why is Georgia offering out of state players like Phillip Dorsett when there are plenty of wide receiver prospects in Georgia and they’re asking Georgia players to be loyal to them with this Dream Team nonsense? Loyalty only runs in one direction?

Bubba

June 23rd, 2010
10:35 am

Whos the dummy who said fire Garner. He is considered one of the best in the SEC. thats why auburn and rocky flop come calling every year.

Bubba

June 23rd, 2010
10:39 am

What time does Tech play in the CWS

animal

June 23rd, 2010
10:46 am

Chip – It all depends on how far you’ll go for attention. Just think about how much dirt you’re willing to tolerate to be cool……..

McDawg

June 23rd, 2010
10:47 am

Philip Daniels is one of those UGA guys who quitely went on to the Pros and had a long and successful career-his future at the redskins is somewhat cloudy given his age but he is a team leader works hard in camp and is a genuine class act-

dap01

June 23rd, 2010
11:57 am

Maitland Mike: Where does CUM speand his Thursdays with his family?
That was a really bizzare aspect of the whole CUM meltdown that no one spoke of. CUM said, “Thursdays are family days at the University of Florida”. The unspoken truth was he never spent those days with his family. Maitland don’t worry about UGA. Worry about our family days at UF.

PowerDawg

June 23rd, 2010
1:07 pm

CHIP-

What is the latest on Charone Peake? I have heard from some fairly reliable sources that the Dawgs really want him and feel that they have a very good shot at getting him. Are they waiting for his decision before offering any more scollys to WR prospects?

Any word on LeMay? Has CMR been made privy to the inside scoop on him? I do not believe that it is anything serious because I feel sure that this kid has impeccable character. I just believe his school is very strict and not willing to compromise it’s position, even to their star QB.

What say you?

The Knack

June 23rd, 2010
1:27 pm

PowerDawg, “My Charone” has committed to Stanford.

THE UUUUUUU

June 23rd, 2010
2:10 pm

GO CANES. HE’S STUPID IF HE DOESN’T PICK THE U

PowerDawg

June 23rd, 2010
2:13 pm

Okay, Knack. Thanks.

With that being said, I believe he will eventually de-commit from that west coast school due to family considerations. Kids want to play in front of family and friends and Harbaugh isn’t going to be able to sustain his winning or his popularity with recruits. He is working off of his one flash- in- the- pan. Won’t last.

gdawginkalamazoo

June 23rd, 2010
2:28 pm

PowerDawg, plus Harbaugh might not even be there if RichRod doesn’t win a few this year. Lot of Michigan people want him back in Ann Arbor. However this Peake kid is suppose to be a smart one too so it looks like he is going for the education. Kudos to him.

gdawginkalamazoo

June 23rd, 2010
2:34 pm

Everybody should go over to ESPN3 and watch former Bulldog Isner at Wimbledon. He is in the 5th set up 47-46. Longest match in the history of tennis.

Chip Towers

June 23rd, 2010
3:01 pm

PowerDawg: Charone Peake committed to early Clemson last week. HERE’S LINK.

gdawginkalamazoo

June 23rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Okay I have the Peake kid confused with one of our other recruits. Must not be that smart going to Clemson. (I’m just kidding about that).

CTownDawg

June 23rd, 2010
7:12 pm

Da’Rick is fast, give you that, only broke TK’s record by a few yards though against a team with 0 secondary coverage. I was at the game, 9 yr olds could have caught against them. Doesn’t matter how fast though if the ball never gets to him, he refuses to block if thats the case as well. Not to mention the awful standard the Nances’ set by indirectly recruiting a player for UT saying he was like a “son” so they bought him all kinds of things for staying with Nash to UT, who never was recruited by them and committed to Vandy until magically Da’Rick decided he wanted to switch? But then again guess ditching your grandmother, who raised you, for a rich white family is acceptable to some of you if your “a good receiver”. But if you would like to reach Da’Rick to ask him personally you can find him in summer school trying to graduate.

T'VILLE DAWG

June 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

CMR made a public statement about being short on this position this year, I also heard that they will sign a full 25 this year. If they are going to use Charles as a TE then they could use as many WRs as they can get and it sounds like he is pretty good, they don’t all have to be the highest rated at their positions. I mean look at Rennie Curran AND David Pollock and Brannan Southerland, look what an impact these men had and I don’t remember them lighting up the recruiting boards. Another couple of pretty good players on the current roster, Daryl Gamble and Baccari Rambo, these men totally flew under the radar.What about David Greene, and I could go on and on.

John Smitb

July 4th, 2010
5:12 pm

I know Davaris personally I played football and basketball with him actually . The kid is a great talent and academically has really worked hard over the past two years to put himself in a position to succeed. Everyone needs to drop this and let him come to his own decision like he deserves to do. He is a humble and passionate human being who deserves some respect. Stop speculating and let a young kid come to a decision without being pummeled by the media or outside sources.