Jordon James received a verbal scholarship offer from a Notre Dame assistant, and on Monday, the gold paper came in the mail.
"I was excited," the 5-foot-10, 185-pound James said.
The four-star running back from Corona (Calif.) High is up to 14 scholarship offers, from the likes of Florida, UCLA, California and Tennessee.
James plans to keep in touch with Notre Dame on a weekly basis, and spoke with assistant coach Brian Polian on Sunday night.
"They have a lot of football tradition," James stated. "I talked to coach Polian yesterday, and he said they have great academics, and they're on TV all of the time."
James had been talking with Polian for the last two months, but it was a different assistant coach that he doesn't remember the name of, that said an offer was coming late last week.
"He said the whole staff watched my film and loved it, and they love how I'm a good student with good academics," James said.
"It's a great school. I plan on taking an official visit out there when I get a chance."
James is very surprised at the amount of scholarship offers he's received so far. The future ESPN Under Armour All-American broke his arm during the season, and only played five games his junior year. Apparently, that was enough tape for schools to realize the talent. In limited action, James still rushed for 1,135 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging nearly nine yards per carry.
"Speed, quickness, my vision," James said of what the Irish staff likes in him.
James also holds scholarship offers from Kansas State, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington, Duke and San Diego State. He said all the schools are running even right now, but added that the Irish, Volunteers, Ducks, Cardinal and Huskies coaching staffs remain in the most touch. Oklahoma is also heavily recruiting James, who plans to narrow down his list of favorites during his senior season, before announcing his decision at the Under Armour game.
"Well first, I'm looking for a school with good academics and a good academic history," James explained. He has a 3.4 GPA. "I want to have a chance to compete for a spot as a freshman, and that's it.
"Location will not play a factor in my decision."
So far, the only two schools James has visited is Arizona for the Arizona State game last fall, and a recent trip to UCLA. He admitted that the Notre Dame offer wasn't like the others.
"It felt different because there is a lot of tradition at that school," James said.
His family is also excited. James is really looking forward to talking with Irish head coach Charlie Weis in the next week.
"I'm expecting to hear some great things. I'm expecting him to be fired up."