Big Day for James

Down to his three favorite schools, Brookfield East (Wis.) defensive end Alec James wanted to make a second unofficial visit to each of his top choices in order to get his final questions answered. Meeting with Wisconsin coaches Wednesday, James got his answers.

MADISON - Before the summer started heating up, Brookfield East (Wis.) defensive end Alec James had narrowed his impressive scholarship list down to three schools – Michigan State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin – and wanted to visit each school a second time before making a decision.

After his unofficial visit to Wisconsin Wednesday, James is ready to start thinking about making his choice.

"It's definitely been a fun process," James told Badger Nation, "and it's going to be a hard decision."

On Wednesday's Wisconsin visit, James met with strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert, watched the team workout, ate lunch on the terrace and spent a good portion of time talking with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge.

"There were a lot of defensive questions I had for him about their staff," said James. "Just being able to talk to him and know that anything I can tell him will stay between us means a lot. He's a real respectable coach."

Even with Wisconsin having a small scholarship class and reeling in its eighth full offer scholarship athlete Wednesday morning, James said the lack of scholarships never came up with the Wisconsin coaching staff on his visit.

"They said they aren't going to pressure me and force me to commit to them," said James. "I definitely know about (the lack of scholarships), but they just want me to take my time and make the right decision."

Asked about the pros of the Wisconsin program, James cited the relationship he has with coach Partridge and secondary coach Ben Strickland, the proximity of the campus to his home and the recent level of success of the UW program.

"Every year, Wisconsin is a national contender going to bowl games every year," said James.

James made his second trip to Notre Dame earlier in the week and again came away impressed with what the Fighting Irish had to offer.

"I like them a lot," said James, who is being recruited by the Irish as an outside linebacker compared to a defensive end by Michigan State and Wisconsin. "I like the academic aspect where you can be set up for your job right when you are done with college. Notre Dame is a really impressive school."

James also likes the Michigan State coaching staff, which extended an offer to him shortly after the Badgers did in February.

"I like the way they run their defense," said James. "I like how close their coaching staff is. It's like a family atmosphere each time I go there."

James is heading to a camp at the University of Alabama next month (‘I am not really hoping for an offer, and it's not my sole purpose for going down there. I am just going down for the experience to see what things are like, get a feel for it and learn a different coaching style than I am used to,' he said) and plans to make a decision shortly after that before his senior season.

"After the camp, I am going to write down all the pros and cons from each school," said James. "I'm going to think about it all and hopefully make a decision."

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