James turns focus to recruiting

With one offensive lineman in the fold, the Irish coaching staff would like to add at least two more big-men to the 2010 recruiting class. Offensive tackle Matt James had a dominating senior season for St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) and he has Notre Dame in his final four schools.

Christian Lombard is the lone offensive lineman committed to Notre Dame at this time, but the Irish coaching staff will get a chance to lure Matt James (6-foot-7, 260-pounds) when he takes his official visit the first week of December.

"I have a visit scheduled for December 5; that's what I'm leaning toward," James responded when asked if he intended to take an official visit to Notre Dame. "I haven't watched many of their games, because I've had games at the same time. All I know is their record, I haven't seen them play that much. That can't be the main reason for deciding anything, but in some respects it does have an impact."

The other three schools that James is considering are Cincinnati, Ohio State, and Florida. Matt grew up rooting for the hometown Bearcats, so it is possible that he may not need to take an official visit to see the Brian Kelly's program, but he is solidifying his official visit plans this weekend for Columbus and Gainesville.

"I have not (schedule a visit to Cincinnati)," James commented. "They're playing really well. In the preseason, I thought they'd do well and they're pretty much doing what I thought they'd do against their schedule and with the talent they have on the team.

"I believe (Ohio State) will be December 12, the week after the Notre Dame visit. They're playing pretty well. I know they lost two games earlier in the season, but I honestly haven't watched that much of their games, because this is pretty much my first week off from playing. I think they'll probably win out the rest of their games. They have a tough rivalry game (Michigan) coming up, but I think they'll play well.

"We're trying to get a visit scheduled for Florida next weekend (November 28)," he added.

After a successful regular season, St Xavier had their playoff run cut short last weekend when they dropped a close battle against to Elder High School.

"I thought with our senior leadership we played great," James explained. "We came out a little flat, and I think if we had a little more time in the game, we would have won it. You have to play 100 percent all the time though.

"I think the whole team and the coaching staff did a great job the entire year. It's a disappointing end, bit I had a great time."

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