Close To An Offer

Matt James is beginning to rack up several college options, and another school may soon throw itself into the mix.

On Notre Dame's campus for the first time ever on Saturday, Matt James got good news from the Irish coaching staff before the game.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive tackle from St. Xavier High in Cincinnati, Ohio, talked with Notre Dame assistant coaches Jon Tenuta, John Latina and Rob Ianello.

"They said they watched some of my film this week or last week or something, and coach (Charlie) Weis is going to break it down on Tuesday, and that I'm going to be offered sometime soon," the class-of-2010 recruit said.

"It would be pretty meaningful. Honestly, I look pretty highly on the school, so it would mean a lot to me. A lot of history."

James and his parents arrived in South Bend on Saturday morning.

"I went to the Guglielmino center and registered there," James began. "I hung out there for the first part. Then we went to the walk thing, toured the Guglielmino center before that, and saw all the facilities. Then coach Weis addressed the recruits. Then we headed to the game.

"I really liked the atmosphere there. It felt like a really good atmosphere."

Even though the Irish lost to Pittsburgh, 36-33 in four overtimes, James thought the game was the highlight of his visit.

"I had a great time, I had a blast," he said. "The seats I had was great. The game was real exciting. The only problem was the disappointing ending."

Following the game, James took a quick peek inside the Irish locker room before heading out to the parking lot. He was impressed with all of the facilities and what the football program has to offer.

"I thought the facilities were top notch," James said. It was all pretty nice."

James currently holds scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Stanford, Duke and Akron. He's thinking Notre Dame will soon join the mix.

"That's what it sounds like."

The Notre Dame staff told James they'd be in touch with the St. Xavier staff this coming week. Top Stories