Aldridge Talks About His Visits

Standout running back James Aldridge of Merrillville, Ind., will be visiting Notre Dame this weekend and take in the Irish spring game. He is hoping to get a better look at Notre Dame this time around. He visited the Notre Dame campus for a practice earlier this month.

"It's a nice campus, but I really didn't get to see much of what was going on," said Aldridge. "I hope to see more and talk to the coaches when I go to the spring game."

He also visited Ohio State earlier this spring.

"It's big, really big, like 50,000," said the 6-1, 215-pound back that rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. "I have friends there like Nick Patterson from Missouri, but it is really, really big."

Last week Aldridge was at Oklahoma State for three days and saw the Cowboys' final spring scrimmage. He had said on an earlier report that OSU was in front because they were recruiting him the hardest and he really liked his relationship with running back coach Curtis Luper. His comments about the visit would appear to indicate nothing has changed.

"I really liked Oklahoma State and the small town vibe," said Aldridge. "You can tell everybody in town is into the school and the team. I liked meeting the guys and hanging out with them. They seem to be nice people and it's important to know you're going to be with nice people. Coach (Mike) Gundy told me that he's there for a long time and that that is where he wants to be. I hope he gets to retire there because he wants to."

Aldridge is set to make a decision early, sometime before next season when he captains his Merrillville teammates into what could be a state championship campaign. They have 18 returning starters from last season. He also will graduate in December and enroll next January at his college choice, so the winner of this recruiting battle will get his services early.

They may have to fight off two other schools.

"I'm going to check out Virginia in June, and USC called," said Aldridge. "I've always wanted to go to California and we can go visit some cousins on the way to check out the campus."

He has great family support in his recruiting experience as his Mom and especially his Dad are helping him out with it, but it will be his decision.

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