"I had a really good time," Aldridge said of his official visit to Notre Dame. "I hung out with Travis (Thomas) and Asaph (Scwhapp) as my hosts," Aldridge said. "They're really cool guys. I really got along well with them."
"It was Travis' birthday so they kind of threw him a party, which was pretty cool," he added. "I just really felt comfortable around everyone."
Aldridge said that comfort level is starting to show among his future classmates as well.
"It was really cool to get to hang out with everyone this weekend," he said. "We all got along really well. You can tell there is a real chemistry starting to form for this class. I hung out with Sergio (Brown) and Demetrius (Jones) the most. (Good friend) Munir (Prince) was with Ambrose (Wooden), but we got to hang out a little bit."
Aldridge, unlike most seniors, is now preparing for college life. His next trip will be to San Antonio to participate in the Army All-American Bowl, and then he'll report to Notre Dame shortly afterwards.
"I'm really looking forward to that game," he said. "I'm looking forward to showing people what I can do….showcase my talent a little bit. I'm also excited to get down there and play with that kind of talent to see how you fit in. There's going to be a lot of Notre Dame guys there so that will be cool. I'm going to be doing a little recruiting down there. You can count on that."
After the Army game Aldridge will then get ready to start his college career.
"I actually registered for my classes while I was up there," Aldridge said. "I got a chance to check out the dorm life. I really liked the social life up there. I like the fact that Notre Dame is about education and football, but you also can have some fun there as well."
"I move there on the 14th of January and classes start on the 17th. I'm really looking forward to it. I think it's time to move on and do something new."
Aldridge will get there just in time to begin winter conditioning at Notre Dame, and the Merriville, Ind. native said he spoke with head coach Charlie Weis for quite awhile about what is expected of him this season.
"Coach Weis talked to me for a long time about what he's hoping I do," he said. "He said he's looking for a lot of guys to step up and play early. He told me I needed to be one of those guys. He told me that if I worked hard that I would have a chance to earn some playing time. I just need to get up there and learn the offense. I've always worked hard so that won't be a problem for me."
Note: James said he finished the season with around 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns. "It was a pretty good season," he said. "I wish it were better, but I thought I did pretty well."