Solid Duck

Notre Dame has been revisiting all of its prospects for the 2011 recruiting class, including Christian French from Kennedy High School (Cedar Rapids, Iowa).

Christian French just returned from San Antonio, Texas where he had a chance to compete against some of the top high school talent in the country.

The Notre Dame coaches were down in San Antonio hoping to get a chance to change the mind of a few prospects before signing day on February 2.

"Nothing has changed, I'm solid with Oregon," French said. "I saw the (Notre Dame) coaches when I was down there and I got to talk to them a little, just walking by and saying hello. I heard that coach Martin or coach Diaco were down there, but I really didn't get a chance to speak with them."

The level of competition at the U. S. Army game was a step-up from what Christian was used, as was all the media coverage surrounding the game.

"It was like you were on a big stage," he said. "You got a taste of what it might be like going into a college game. With the attendance, all the media and TV, you definitely got a chance to feel what college might be like.

"It was definitely a good experience. You got to see other players and see their talents. And what they can do. It was definitely a wake-up call. You can do the right thing against them and still give up a play that you wouldn't have at your high school. It was definitely a great experience. I loved the opportunity. I think I did well out there. Overall it was a great experience."

On Monday French watched his future teammates battle for the national title against Auburn. Although the result of the game wasn't what he wanted, he's excited about his future at Oregon.

"I watched the game with a bunch of friends from high school," he explained. "We just got a bunch of pizza, pop and stuff like that. We sat down and watched the game. I definitely thought they played well and things could have been different with a couple more catches here or there. It's tough though, Cam Newton is a beast and they did what they could to stop him.

"I'm definitely looking forward to getting out to Oregon. I want to work as hard as I can so that I can get in the mix at tight end and do everything that they ask me to do. I'm just looking forward to competing inside the classroom and outside of the classroom. I'm looking forward to meeting all the guys and bond with them."

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