Gaston down to two.

Defensive tackle Bruce Gaston from St. Rita High School (Chicago, Ill.) is a primary recruiting target for Notre Dame and Gaston has the Irish as one of his final two schools.

Bruce Gaston (6-foot-3, 290-pounds) isn't quite ready to make his college decision, although he now knows which schools are his finalists.

"Right now, Notre Dame and Purdue are neck and neck," Gaston said. "I feel comfortable with both of those schools. Ultimately I'd like to get a decision out of the way, and have one less thing to worry about, but right now I need to concentrate on my grades, our playoffs, so I'm going to take recruiting day-by-day.

"I've been staying in contact with the Notre Dame coaches fairly often. Coach Ianello os my recruiting coach, but I talk to pretty much all of the coaches. We talk on a weekly basis. I call them just to see what's up and to talk. I like to do that with coaches, especially coaches that I'm close to. I think that's a good thing to do and I enjoy talking to them too."

Gaston has also been enjoyed watching the Irish battle their way to a 5-2 record. Despite dropping two close contests to Michigan and USC, Gaston has been impressed with Notre Dame's competitiveness in close games.

"They're playing pretty good," Bruce explained. "I think they're doing a lot better than people thought they'd do, especially with all of the tough games they've had. If you notice, they're fighting to the end. Almost every game has come down to the last play or the last couple plays. You have to play good in the fourth quarter and I think that's what they're doing. They're finishing. A lot of teams don't finish and they're finishing.

"I caught the USC game with five minutes gone in the fourth quarter. I did not get to see the whole game. It went down to the wire. To be honest with you I thought (Kyle) Rudolph made the catch in the end zone, but they needed indisputable evidence to overturn that call.

"I always watch the defensive, because that's where I'd be playing if I went there," he said. "So I always watch the defensive line. When I watch them I think I could come in and help the team, by being that big man in the middle."

Gaston is currently the man in the middle for the St Rita (7-2). Despite dropping a couple games this season, the Mustangs will be one of the favorites heading into the playoffs.

"We're doing fine," Gaston said. "We lost to Loyola last week. That was a tough one, but we just have to bounce back. We're ready for the playoffs. We play Plainfield North (Ill.) on Saturday. We're ready to make a run for the state championship.

"I'm doing real good. Right now I'm just making sure my grades are straight. I've got exams this week and final draft of a paper. Other than that I can't complain. I made first-team all-conference and I made the Southtown Star All-Area team. I really can't complain." Top Stories