Romine and Edwards will announce Saturday

SAN ANTONIO - Matt Romine's father played football at Oklahoma, but he told his son if Notre Dame would've offered, he would have considered the Irish.

Players arrived Sunday in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Romine was one of the earliest arrivals. With an offer from Notre Dame, he might have taken up an offer his father didn't have. We'll find out Saturday, when Romine said he will announce between the Irish, Oklahoma and Miami.

"They are the schools that have been on me the longest, they've been the most consistent with it, they're (all) great schools," the Tulsa, Okla., product said. "OU is close to home, Miami has a great program and Notre Dame's got a great program and great academics in the field of school I want to go to, so that is kind of how they made their way to the top.

"The past couple days, I've been really kind of thinking about it coming to crunch time," Romine further explained. "I think I've got that feel. I haven't informed any coaches or anything. I'm looking to do that early this week because I'm supposed to do it by Wednesday, but I haven't done that yet. In my heart I've got a feel.

Romine hasn't told any coaches, but he's told his parents what his heart feels.

"They talk about Oklahoma, but they can't deny Notre Dame and how great of a school they are," Romine said.

"I've been blessed that my dad has been able to take me around on these unofficial visits. I've been on about 10 to all these different schools. I've felt confident in my decision knowing I've seen all my options."

Romine isn't the only potential Irish recruit confident in his decision. Lorenzo Edwards, a 6-foot-2, 221-pound linebacker is also set to announce his decision on Saturday. Edwards has selected a school from his finalists, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ga. Tech, Florida and Michigan.

Edwards has already contacted the coach and let him know, and the Orlando, Fla. product looks forward to announcing in front of a bunch of family members.

Edwards has plans to start an architecture firm sometime in his life. At Notre Dame, his major would require him to study in Rome his junior year, causing him to miss the football season.

"Basically I would have to red-shirt that year and come back the next two years," Edwards said.

"It's not that big of a hurdle. I'm pursuing my academic dream let a lone my football dream, so I'm privileged to have an opportunity to go to Rome."

Both Edwards and Romine talked about how privileged they were to be selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"It kind of snuck up on me fast when they called me and asked me if I wanted to go to the U.S. Army game, I almost fell out of my chair because I was sitting at home doing my homework," Edwards explained. "It's an honor, it's a privilege."

"It's a great opportunity I've been blessed with," Romine stated. "I'm going against the best players in the nation, the best d-ends, the best d-tackles and I'm looking forward to that.

"I've watched the game on NBC the past two years it's been on and it's a dream come true being here." Top Stories