Matt Romine (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) would like to get his final list of schools narrowed down prior to the start of his senior year. Once he has finalized those schools his list, he can start to schedule his official visits.
"I've been pretty busy lately, really busy," Romine responded when asked if he had pared down his list of colleges. "I need to get my top five or six [schools], because the season starts next week. I should have had it done by now, but I don't have it. I'll probably have it done by this time next week. I'd like to call all the coaches in my top six before I release it publicly.
"I'll probably plan three or four visits and then go from there. I'm going to take my five official visits, it's just the one that doesn't get an official will be knocked off my list.
"I have 21 offers," Romine said. "Florida offered me about two weeks ago. They've offered a lot of tackles already, but Florida is a great school, so I'm going to take a look at them."
Romine is one of Notre Dame's top recruiting targets along the offensive line. He has already made several unofficial visits to South Bend and his official visit is in the works.
"I talked to coach Haywood the other day about the UCLA game. I have a Thursday night game that weekend." Romine said of his tentative plans to visit Notre Dame. "When I was there on my last visit I talked to some of the incoming freshman and I got along with them really well."
The Irish will likely have a tough battle with in-state Oklahoma, but Romine recently visited Alabama and he came away impressed.
"I liked it a lot. I liked everything," Romine said. "It's probably one of the nicest places that I've been to because all of their facilities were brand new. Bear Bryant Hall is a complex that they renovated. They have suites, a cafeteria and academic center all right there. I like how they had all the rooms set up, and it's all new so it was one of the nicest facilities that I've seen and I like it a lot. If I go there, I have coach (Dave) Radar who's been a family friend, so I know I can trust him."