Chris Donald (6-3, 220 pounds) has a number of big offers, but he didn't waste any time eliminating all schools except for two.
"Tennessee and Notre Dame," Donald responded when asked who his final schools were. "I just got back from Tennessee Thursday. I took my mom up there because it was her first time. My dad went up there last year when they played Georgia. I've been up there four or five times, so I've pretty much seen everything, but it was a chance for my parents to sit down and talk to the coaches.
"My mom is a teacher so academics are the main thing that [my parents] focused on. They were very impressed with their academic center and the way they make their players go to so many hours of study hall. They were excited about that."
"They showed them the whole campus," Donald continued. "They got to meet some of the top prospects in Tennessee. They talked to the coordinators of the academics centers. They met players and recruits."
Chris hasn't been to Notre Dame yet, and only on a rare occasion will a prospect choose your school if they don't make it to campus. Good news for the Irish fans is that Donald will be in South Bend soon.
"It's going to be sometime next week," replied Donald when asked about his plans to visit Notre Dame. "I'll go up with my mom and dad. [Notre Dame coaches] are going to show me around campus, let me meet some players. I assume the players are going through conditioning and running through plays."
Chris has high expectations for his visit to South Bend, but he doesn't think the Irish staff needs to do anything extraordinary.
"Everything," Donald said of what he expected from the visit to Notre Dame. "I've heard how great of a school it is and I just want to go up and see it for myself.
"They don't have to do anything. I just need to go in there and see everything and see if I'm comfortable. If I am comfortable it's going to be a hard decision to make, but I'll eventually have to make it."
As a junior Donald recorded 120 tackles, 14 sacks, 32 tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception. Offensively, he rushed for 1,637 yards, had 287 receiving yards and scored 27 touchdowns.