Interest Picking up for Aldridge

Quincy Aldridge has been sitting on one scholarship offer from more than a month, but that could change soon. The safety from Whitehouse High School (Texas) has seen increased interest from several programs over recent weeks.

Quincy Aldridge (6-foot-2, 185-pounds)) had his recruitment start out like most college prospects. He received recruiting material like most Division I prospects, but after awhile it appeared that things began to stall. Then Notre Dame stepped in.

"At first I was getting a lot of letters, but there was no talk about offers and coaches weren't calling at all," Aldridge explained. "Then I got a letter from Notre Dame and I thought it was going to be the same thing, but my coach called me into his office a week later and said that their defensive coordinator wanted to talk to me. I talked to him and a week later coach Cooks sent me a letter that said that I had an offer from Notre Dame waiting for me and to just give him a call. I called him from school the next day and I had my offer.

That was back in April and despite not seeing another offer for more than a month, Quincy is going to be patient and hope other schools jump on board.

"I have one scholarship offer, just the Notre Dame one," Aldridge said. "They're really interested in me. They really want me to commit, but I don't think that I'm ready to commit right now, so I'm just taking it easy right now.

"Texas A&M is talking about offering. They want me to come down the first week of June for camp. There are a couple other schools that are talking about offering; Illinois, SMU, TCU, and Alabama. I've been talking to Alabama and I think they're real close to offering."

During the May evaluation period Notre Dame assistant Kerry Cooks made a trip down to Aldridge's high school to check in on him.

"I talked to coach Cooks after he came down to watch me work out," Aldridge explained, "He said that he liked the way I worked out and that he liked my size. He's just ready for me to come up there for a visit. They don't really want me to come up for a camp, but I'm planning on going up there this summer. I don't know when, but I think it will be in June.

"I don't think I need to find out anything about Notre Dame. They have great tradition. I know that they're going to compete for a national championship. I think they have the players to compete for a national championship, they just need the right coach, under the right system. Coach Kelly is a great coach and that's the type of coach that I want to play for. I know that he's going to have them working hard and competing, so I think they can do it.

"Right now it's just basically getting up to Notre Dame and seeing the campus and talking to coach Kelly for the first time and looking at the campus," he said. "I've never been up there, but my mom has close friends that live up in Indianapolis."

Although it appears the Irish are looking for a commitment from Aldridge, they will likely have to wait until he takes a few official visits this fall.

"I'll probably decide before January, because I want to take a couple official visits," he said. I want to take a look at a few schools and see what they have to offer, go to a few games and see the environment at the stadium. I want to get a feel for how it's going to be when I get there and play."


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