Donald returns from Notre Dame

Scout.com's No 2-rated linebacker, Chris Donald, of Huntingdon high school (Tenn.) has had his list of schools narrowed down to Notre Dame and in-state Tennessee for several months. He's been to Tennessee several times and just recently returned home from his second visit to Notre Dame.

Tennessee is having a great season in the SEC, so Notre Dame is going to have a very difficult task in signing Chris Donald (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) out of the Volunteer state. Chris visited Notre Dame unofficially in late July and he made his second trip this past weekend.

"It was a good visit. I had a good time with my parents," Donald said of his official visit to Notre Dame for the Stanford game. "I had a good time experiencing gameday. I liked their fans they're loyal. I think after they scored 21 points they had me do push-ups. That was a cool experience. Even though they played Stanford the fans put on a good show. It was a good experience… it was fun.

"I met some of the players. My host was Toryan Smith. I met James Aldridge, I spent a lot of time around the other recruits. With Toryan being from Georgia and me being from Tennessee, we have the same outlook on things.

"I just asked him how the school was," Donald said of his conversation with Notre Dame's freshman linebacker. "He said that it was a great place to be, the fans are great and they're loyal to you. He said everybody is real nice and they treat you with respect.

"He just told me to make the decision that was best for me. He told me that if the [Notre Dame] coaches tell him something that they mean it and they aren't just telling you something to get you to come to the school. He told me to think things over and not to decide too quick.

After getting a chance to see Notre Dame for the second time, Donald's decision will be even more difficult.

"Everything about Notre Dame is good. I guess there's not a bad thing about it," Donald said. "The distance isn't really that bad. I think I had made it a little factor before, but it really isn't bad. I was a little concerned with my parents being so far away, it's different having them see you on TV, but Notre Dame has their parent days and other things so that's good.

"I like pretty much everything about Notre Dame. It's going to be a very hard decision. I'm just going to take it one day at a time. I'm going to put it in God's hands and I'll pray I make the best decision for me. I'm just going to go from there. I know some people are going to be mad at me, but I have to make the best decision for myself. They're not going to be playing there and I am.

"I'm going to take a visit to Tennessee sometime," he added.

Chris was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game and he will make his announcement during the game.


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