Gaston Narrows His List

Bruce Gaston is starting to focus on his recruitment as St. Rita (Chicago, Ill.) begins practice this week. The defensive tackle has narrowed his list of schools down to six, and the Irish are holding strong.

Notre Dame has one St. Rita graduate on their roster and they'd liked to add another. Bruce Gaston (6-foot-4, 309-pounds) received his scholarship offer from Notre Dame a little over a month ago, and he's has the Irish in his final group of six.

"My six are Iowa, Purdue, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Illinois," Gaston said of the schools he's still considering. "I haven't set any of my official visits yet but out of those six schools I can only have five official visits, so what I'm going to do within a week is to figure out who all will be getting the official visits. There are two schools out of the six that are kind of closer compared to each other, so I'm going to put both of them in my top-six.

"I didn't want to narrow my schools down this early, but I have to decide where I'm going to take my official visits and I eventually have to get down to one school. I still want to do a lot more research, because I want to be 100 percent certain of my decision."

The Irish should receive one of Gaston's official visits, in addition to an unofficial trip to see the Irish practice.

"I'm still planning on getting to Notre Dame to watch a practice," Gaston explained. "I don't know when, but I'm talking to the coaches about it. We start practice Wednesday and I have some things I need to do before then, but I'm definitely going to try and make it out there.

"I'm not where I want to be (as a player) yet. I always want to be on top. The way I think is, when someone else is sleeping, I'm working. When I wake up I start working. That's how I train, that's how I am. I work really hard to be the best and beat the best. I always want to come out on top.

"I want to get invited to the U.S. Army All-American game, or another all-star game," he said. "I want to be in one bad. Hopefully my hard work pays off." Top Stories