James enjoys visit to ND

Jordon James from Corona High School (Calif.) is one of the top running backs in the country. James made the trip to South Bend last weekend to watch Notre Dame take on the USC Trojans.

Jordon James (5-foot-10, 190-pounds) didn't know what to expect when he left for his official visit to Notre Dame, but he liked what he saw once he arrived.

"I really liked the school," James said. "The game was exciting and the campus was beautiful. It was so loud. Every time Notre Dame scored the fans were doing pushups in the air. I thought that was kind of cool. I wasn't going to do it, but it was cool. They know what they're doing.

"They were close to winning that game, but you can't win them all. You lose games like that. I lost two games this year like that and all you can do is stay focused and get ready for the next week and the next game."

"My host was Ethan Johnson," Jordon explained. "He was a good dude. I had dinner with coach Polian, Roby Toma and Manti Te'o. We were just talking and they were just telling us about life around campus and practice and everything. They basically said that all you need to do is stay focused and you'd be successful there.

"(The players are) very cool. When I hung out with Ethan and Toma, they acted like brothers, and that's what I liked."

James did have a chance to sit down and speak with head coach Charlie Weis prior to leaving campus.

"We didn't talk a lot of football." James said of his conversation with Weis. "We talked about academics. If I do go there, my freshman year will be my most important year and they said that I'd have a lot of support.

"I got all my questions answered. The visit would have been better if they would have won, because the players were down, but that's the only thing.

James has already visited Washington and California. His two remaining visits will be to Arizona and UCLA.

"I have two more visits left," James said "After that I'm going to talk to my parents and talk about everything that we saw and what we liked and what we didn't like."

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