Irish Want Explosive Back

Every program wants to bring in an elite ball carrier in every class. Notre Dame is focusing on a small group for the class of 2010 and one of their primary targets is Jordon James of Corona High School Corona (Calif.)

Notre Dame has an experienced group in the backfield, with senior James Aldridge, and juniors Robert Hughes and Armando Allen. In February Notre Dame signed Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick. Adding Jordon James (5-foot-10 190 pounds) to the class of 2010 would add the home run type back to the Irish running game in the future.

"Notre Dame offered me at the beginning of April," James said when asked about the Irish. "It was a while ago. Coach Polian told me that Charlie Weis would play the best player no matter what. It doesn't matter what grade they're in. He said that they have a senior and two juniors and they signed a running back this year, Cierre Wood.

"They told me about the academics of the school and that it would be a great place to be. I'm very interested in Notre Dame. Coach Polian and the running backs coach, coach Alford came to my school last week.

Despite living in California his entire life, James is going to look coast-to-coast for his future home. And with scholarship offers from some of the nation's premier programs like Nebraska, Kansas State, Colorado, Oklahoma, Miami, Florida, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Stanford, Washington, UCLA, San Diego State and Tennessee, Jordon has the options.

"Everything is even right now," James explained. "The location of the school isn't going to play a part in my decision. If I like the school I'm going to go there. It doesn't matter where it's at. Academics are the most important. I'd like a school with national exposure and the chance to compete for a spot as a freshman. I've also been looking at depth charts.

Watching his game film it is easy to see why Jordon is one of the most coveted running backs in the nation.

"I think I bring excitement to the field," James said. "I run a 4.3 forty, so I bring speed, acceleration and quickness. I think my best attribute is my vision. I'll make a move on a guy, but I can put down the shoulder if I have to. I'm versatile.

"We just started spring practice today, and things are going well. It feels great to be back out there. It's been a long time. I only played four-and-half games last year because I broke my arm. There was a pitch to the left, I slipped and tried to brake my fall with my right arm. Two linebackers fell on top of me and smashed my arm. Everything is good now though."


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