Notre Dame is looking for recruits that can add speed to the roster. A.J. Alexander (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) is one of their primary recruiting targets, and despite talk that the Irish were falling behind in the recruiting race, Alexander has Notre Dame high on his list.
"Notre Dame's still in it," Alexander responded when asked about his contact with Notre Dame. "I haven't seen Notre Dame, and I always hear how great it is. I have track the rest of May, so I'm going to try to get to Notre Dame sometime in June. I'll probably just see Notre Dame when I get out there.
"My first call [during the contact period] was actually from Charlie Weis. It was great. I like talking to him because we're both offensive minded people. We just talked about offense and he's really smart. He's got a great offensive mind.
"He said he could use me at running back or coming out of the slot," Alexander explained. "He said that I'd love it there. He said that they have good players, but they just lack the burner. He said that a player like me, in that offense, could be very good.
"We were talking about when I would get out there and visit. He's coming to my school in May. All the people at my school are going crazy. We'll need to have to lock the door to keep everyone out. I've had a bunch of people come up and ask me to get his autograph when he comes in.
"I talk to coach Weis more than I talk to coach Latina. Coach Weis texts me and tells me to call him so I call him. I talk to him about once a week. If I'm around people and his text pops up, people can't believe it. Notre Dame is everywhere, but around here you're either a Notre Dame fan or a Penn State fan."
Notre Dame will need to get Alexander on campus soon in order to stay in contention. With over 30 scholarship offers, the Irish will have to fight a lot of top programs in order to get Alexander in town.
"I've visited Georgia and Florida State," Alexander said. "I'm trying to go see all the schools that I'm interested in. I know I definitely want to see Tennessee, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. I want to look at Miami and LSU. I want to see them in June and then have a top five or top six before my season begins. Right now I get letters from everywhere, but I'm trying to concentrate on the schools that I'm interested in.
As the weather heats up, A.J. is expecting his track times to start to drop. He'll be at the Scout.com combine in Pittsburgh in early May to try to beat his time from last spring.
"I'm going to run the sub-4.3," Alexander said when asked about his plans for the Pittsburgh combine. "I'm running track right now. I run the 100M, 200M, 4X100M and the long jump. The best I've run this year is 10.6 seconds, but we've only had a couple meets. 21.6 seconds was my best 200M. It's been really hard to run, because it's been so cold. Once it gets warmer I'll run faster."