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Svoboda
05-01-2008, 11:53 AM
Offensive Tackle
St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, OH)

Links of Interest:
Rivals Profile (http://www.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=84667&sport=1)


Ht: 6-foot-7
Wt: 270 lbs

Svoboda
05-01-2008, 11:54 AM
St. Xavier's James has UC offer

Matt James, St. Xavier sophomore football OL, has an offer from UC coach Brian Kelly. That's according to St. X coach Steve Specht.

James is 6-7 and 270 pounds and it's "a lean 270," Specht said. James played substantial minutes for the Bombers' 15-0 D-I state champion team this past season.

"If he grows into his body, he's going to be something special," Specht said.

http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/preps/2008/01/st-xaviers-james-has-uc-offer.asp

IrishGrizz
05-01-2008, 12:12 PM
At 6'7 he surely has alot of growing he can do- from his 270 to 325 would still probably be lean. WOW.

Svoboda
06-13-2008, 10:36 PM
Now listed at 6'8" 280lbs. Hoff, Scoop, either of you know about this mountain?

napoleonbuck
06-13-2008, 10:57 PM
Says he grew up a Cincy fan.

Buckeyeplanet profile:

http://www.buckeyeplanet.com/forum/football-recruiting/601557-10-oh-ol-matt-james.html

Svoboda
06-13-2008, 11:24 PM
Says he grew up a Cincy fan.

Buckeyeplanet profile:

http://www.buckeyeplanet.com/forum/football-recruiting/601557-10-oh-ol-matt-james.html
Interesting. Think he'll deny big time college football to stick with his childhood favorite?

napoleonbuck
06-14-2008, 08:17 AM
I can't say for sure because I don't know how important distance is to him. If distance and his family are very important to him, then Cincy could very well have a shot. It's impossible to say right now.

Svoboda
06-17-2008, 02:50 PM
Highlights per ScoutingOhio.com

http://www.scoutingohio.com/Matt_James_St_X.htm

Subway Alum - MA
06-17-2008, 06:17 PM
Is he camping at ND this summer?

zimmsbg78
07-02-2008, 10:39 AM
Matt says he has verbal offers from Cincinnati, Illinois & Tennessee. Getting interest from NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

SpanishElite
07-08-2008, 05:48 PM
Does anyone have any film on this kid? Im excited about this one. With him, Hurst, Henderson, and Lombard we could have a HUGE OT haul next year.

zimmsbg78
07-16-2008, 03:09 PM
http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=blog06&plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3ade3ab7e7-5e43-4e32-8612-155786b59a09Post%3a85b94289-660d-4376-97c1-7101be7cf865&plckCommentSortOrder=TimeStampAscending&sid=sitelife.cincinnati.com

St. X junior has three offers. St. Xavier junior OL Matt James has offers from UC, Illinois and Tennessee, St. X football coach Steve Specht said in an e-mail this afternoon. James, who is 6 feet 7 and about 290 pounds, is one of the state's top 2010 prospects.

zimmsbg78
08-12-2008, 03:17 PM
James is still suffering from a stress fracture, and will miss the first game of the year against Colerain. Cincinnati and Tennessee have offered.

zimmsbg78
09-03-2008, 09:18 AM
Says he should be back for his next game on Friday. Was told that Cincinnati, Illinois & Tennessee will be offering on Tuesday. Says he has been in contact with tOSU, but doesn't believe an offer will be coming right away.

zimmsbg78
09-04-2008, 09:09 AM
http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=blog06&plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3ade3ab7e7-5e43-4e32-8612-155786b59a09Post%3a0c8240f0-9148-420d-82b6-a82dca574828&sid=sitelife.cincinnati.com


Specht said junior OL Matt James, who has missed the first two games with an ankle injury, is back to practice. Specht is uncertain whether James will return for Friday's home game against Indianapolis Cathedral. Both teams are 1-1.

"Matt has had two good practices," Specht said. "We will reevaluate his conditioning and how he feels today before making a decision."

Updating Mike's recruiting notes: Specht said James also was offered officially today by Michigan and Duke. That adds to a list of offers that includes Ohio State, UC, Illinois and Tennessee.

zimmsbg78
10-17-2008, 11:21 AM
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20081017/SPT030101/310170003


Matt James, a standout junior offensive tackle for reigning Ohio Division I champion St. Xavier, said he is trying to avoid the temptation to get bigger.

At 6-7 and 285 pounds, James is a big man. Scholarship offers already have arrived from the likes of Ohio State, Michigan and Tennessee.

"No one has really talked to me about gaining weight, but I would assume they would probably want me to gain some," James said.

James guesses 310 would be his playing weight in college.

"That way I'd still be able to move," he said. "I know I'm probably bigger and stronger than most kids I see in high school, but that will change in college. I'll have to make sure I'm still as fast as everyone."

James missed the first two games this season because of a foot ailment. He said his weight did not help cause the problem, but St..X trainer Mike Gordon said the Bombers' medical staff still advised James to think about trimming some weight for good measure.

"We were trying to work on some weight loss for him to be able to function without pain," Gordon said. "He's a kid who's not overweight, he's just big. We feel if our kids eat healthy and it's under our guidance, they'll be OK."

BGIF
10-23-2008, 03:20 AM
According to Bill Kurelic

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=Midwest_Recruiting



One of the top five juniors in the state of Ohio, offensive lineman Matt James (Cincinnati/St. Xavier), has seen his scholarship offer list grow steadily. His most recent offers have come from Michigan, Stanford, Duke and Akron. James previously had offers from Ohio State, Tennessee and Cincinnati.

James says he will wait until after the football season to focus much attention on recruiting.

zimmsbg78
11-04-2008, 09:57 AM
On Matt's unofficial visit he was hanging out with Kyle Rudolph after the ND game this past weekend...will wait to make a decision but likes ND and tOSU.

Matt says he wants to visit Columbus soon.....also may visit LSU during spring break.

SpanishElite
11-04-2008, 07:59 PM
This kid needs an offer.

zimmsbg78
11-24-2008, 01:27 PM
Matt was at the tOSU/scUM game and then attended Cincinnati's win over Pitt. Also recently visited ND. Says he is not close to a decision. Also says he is definitely interested in tOSU, ND and Cincinnati.

zimmsbg78
12-02-2008, 09:02 AM
According to Scout Matt has officially been offered by ND.

zimmsbg78
12-02-2008, 09:28 AM
Blue and Gold also has Matt as being officially offered by ND.

zimmsbg78
01-23-2009, 01:44 PM
It seems Matt has been or will very shortly be offered by the Slimeball. His coach recieved a call from Urban Lyer asking Matt to call him. Matt called and recieved a offer or was told he will be recieving one shortly. Urbie might tell Matt that he can be the next superman (j/k).........or maybe not.

irishunclebill
01-23-2009, 01:46 PM
Swamp Thing just offered James. That is very unusual for him to be offering a non-Florida kid this early in the process, especially a Cincy boy with an OSU offer. It could mean that he has heard that James is seriously open to looking at places besides Columbus.

NDgrandson
01-23-2009, 01:50 PM
It seems Matt has been or will very shortly be offered by the Slimeball. His coach recieved a call from Urban Lyer asking Matt to call him. Matt called and recieved a offer or was told he will be recieving one shortly. Urbie might tell Matt that he can be the next superman (j/k).........or maybe not.


Swamp Thing just offered James. That is very unusual for him to be offering a non-Florida kid this early in the process, especially a Cincy boy with an OSU offer. It could mean that he has heard that James is seriously open to looking at places besides Columbus.

You guys are awesome! 2 minutes apart.

publicola
01-23-2009, 02:17 PM
I hear Matt may have been offered by Florida -- keep an eye out for confirmation.

irishunclebill
01-23-2009, 02:19 PM
You guys are awesome! 2 minutes apart.

Plus 2 different nicknames for our F R I E N D!

NDgrandson
01-23-2009, 02:20 PM
I hear Matt may have been offered by Florida -- keep an eye out for confirmation.

LOL! Nice try.

SpanishElite
01-25-2009, 04:55 PM
Swamp Thing just offered James. That is very unusual for him to be offering a non-Florida kid this early in the process, especially a Cincy boy with an OSU offer. It could mean that he has heard that James is seriously open to looking at places besides Columbus.

We all know Meyer is from the Midwest and we know he has a bunch of ties there. Florida has some VERY good OT for the class of 2010 (Linder included from STA) and UF already has one committed.

irishunclebill
02-19-2009, 12:15 AM
Check out Matt's updated profile with detailed info and current offers at this link:

http://www.goldhelmet.com/get.php?resource=recruit&recruitid=23

Svoboda
02-21-2009, 05:18 PM
Updated with photo courtesy of John Gleason at St. Xavier.

zimmsbg78
03-09-2009, 09:53 AM
http://bucknuts.com/blog/post-detail.php?p=6062


Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier offensive lineman Matt James already had a very impressive scholarship offer list that included Ohio State, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Alabama, Cincinnati, Illinois and Stanford. The list has become even more impressive in the past week.

The 6-foot-8 and 280-pound James has added scholarship offers from LSU, Penn State, Florida State and Miami.

NDGirlzRock
03-09-2009, 10:24 AM
Man Zimm you are on it today!!!

Griff Cannon
03-13-2009, 11:17 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/onthetrail


Three schools on touted OL Matt James' mind
Highly-coveted ESPNU 150 Watch List offensive lineman Matt James is already holding over 20 scholarship offers, according to affiliate Web site NittanyNetwork.com.

James mentioned three programs he's interested in from his long list of suitors, "I'm definitely looking at Ohio State, Notre Dame and Cincinnati."

Several other top schools including Alabama, Penn State, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Miami-FL, Tennessee, Michigan, Stanford and Illinois have also offered James.

so up against the sweater vest again. I am glad we have the early playing time card to play here.

wicket
03-13-2009, 11:21 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/onthetrail



so up against the sweater vest again. I am glad we have the early playing time card to play here.

And its not often we can say this but at least our coach is cooler. Tressel should just quit and become an accountant.

publicola
03-13-2009, 11:34 AM
And its not often we can say this but at least our coach is cooler. Tressel should just quit and become an accountant.

Our coach listens to Bon Jovi...that doesn't exactly trump a sweater vest.

wicket
03-13-2009, 11:37 AM
Our coach listens to Bon Jovi...that doesn't exactly trump a sweater vest.

EVERYTHING trumps sweater vest

SpanishElite
03-15-2009, 06:21 PM
I feel good about James. ND is in the top 3 with OSU and Cincy. St X. kid with ties to Kyle Rudolph. And OSU has some serious depth at OT with some great back to back classes. I think we might steal this one away from OSU land. Just a hunch.

Here is some film on him.

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Its as a sophomore I believe.

zimmsbg78
03-18-2009, 08:14 AM
Free Shoes U (FSU) has officially offered Matt.

IrishKnight1023
03-19-2009, 09:45 AM
I think we've got a legit shot against O$U in this one.

SpanishElite
03-22-2009, 01:43 PM
I think we've got a legit shot against O in this one.

I agree IK. James seems to be very interested.

grokster
03-28-2009, 03:01 PM
According to Hansen at SBT...today being Saturday :-)


Among the recriuts watching practice today are committed OL Christian Lombard of Chicago and ucommtted Matt James of Cincinnati St. Xavier.

A very GOOD sign.

notredomer23
03-28-2009, 03:03 PM
That is a very very good sign

wicket
03-28-2009, 03:18 PM
nice i like him

SpanishElite
03-28-2009, 03:26 PM
I have always felt really good about M. James. I think there are some key factors that are going to lead him ND's way. I really only think that OSU is ND's only other competition because I just cant see a kid of his caliber going to Cinch. His relationship with K. Rudolph and his family and the fact that OSU is LOADED at OT right now really helps ND and I think ultimately that is what is going to get him to ND.

SoCalDomer
03-28-2009, 08:01 PM
That is a very very good sign


you don't know what you're talking about.

Now that's a very very good sign
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wicket
03-29-2009, 07:30 AM
was named the #2 recruit in ohio only behind jamel turner (is kinda old though)

irishmarine
03-29-2009, 11:11 AM
would love to get another couple tackles

brownkj002
03-30-2009, 08:00 AM
He had a really good visit.

grokster
04-18-2009, 12:22 PM
Poster over on DD has Matt James committing at the B&G game today. The source listed was....

http://www.tharinger.com/Recruiting.aspx


4/17/09

Hearing that Cincinnati(OH) OL Matt James will commit to Notre Dame this weekend while in South Bend.

Ricochet
04-18-2009, 01:04 PM
He won't be the 1st of the day. I'm hearing plenty as well as reading other info on other boards.

lags24
04-18-2009, 01:40 PM
What else are you hearing?

Ricochet
04-18-2009, 03:36 PM
What else are you hearing?Montana will be a commitment soon is what I've heard. Early as today or tomorrow.

I'm hearing things 2nd and 3rd hand mind you so you've got to take everything with a grain a salt as I am.

ND is looking good with the many CB prospects but not sure if any pull the trigger but some seem to think Boyd will.

As for Boyd I'm not hearing much, on him it's been 80% what I've read on some of the ND recruiting sites.

irishunclebill
04-18-2009, 04:08 PM
Poster over on DD has Matt James committing at the B&G game today. The source listed was....

http://www.tharinger.com/Recruiting.aspx

This is nothing more than a Internet blog rumor that anyone could have posted. The latest on Matt is that although he really liked his visit he did not commit and is on his way back to Cincy now.

noklife
04-18-2009, 04:11 PM
It looks like Matt James is not committing today, hopefully we get someone.

noklife
04-18-2009, 04:12 PM
IUB you beat me to it.

Ricochet
04-18-2009, 05:20 PM
It looks like Matt James is not committing today, hopefully we get someone.There is quite a bit of talk but so much of it's BS and by the time one gets through it you don't know what to believe if any. I'm convinced ND gets none or just Montana.

irishmarine
04-18-2009, 07:08 PM
would like to get montana.

zimmsbg78
04-22-2009, 03:36 PM
http://www.huskerjournal.com/recruiting.html


MATT JAMES, OL, 6-8, 280, 5.0, CINCINNATI (ST. XAVIER), OHIO

James has several offers and has trimmed his list down to Ohio State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Boston College, Florida and Tennessee

Could Play Early At Ohio State

“Ohio States coaches said I have a chance to play early because they are losing some players due to graduation, but I would have to go up there and earn a spot.” James said

“I like Ohio State a lot,” says James, “I’ve been to the Ohio State and Michigan game last year. The tailgating in the parking lots is awesome. Some people with RV’s have satellite TV hooked up, it’s very high tech.”

“I went to see some practices this spring at Ohio State and really liked it I might go to the spring game April 25th.” James added

Catholic School

“I like Notre Dame’s schools prestige, academics and the tradition up there. I went up there (South Bend) and the campus is awesome. I also like Notre Dame because it’s a catholic school it’s similar to St. X.” James said

“I know Kyle Rudolph who signed with Notre Dame last year he tells me how much he likes Notre Dame. He used to live up the street from me in Cincinnati. Kyle went to Elder and we went to grade school together.” James said

Notre Dame Stadium

“I went to the Pittsburgh game at Notre Dame last year. When I went to the game I didn’t know much about it (stadium). The field was actual grass, it was odd I thought it was really cool I thought and there was not jumbo tron.” James said

“I met the new offensive line coach (Frank Verduci) I like him a lot,” James said, “The (Notre Dame) coaching staff said I would have a good opportunity to play early because their tackles are seniors plus one guard will not be there next year.”

Boston College Like St. X

“I haven’t visited the campus at all but what I’ve heard it’s a lot like St. X. A teammate of mine signed with Boston College and he told me it’s a lot like St. X’s. I’m going to try to make it out there this summer but I don’t know when.” James said

“I like Florida,” says James, “They have been very dominate lately. Also the competition in the SEC is tremendous. I don’t talk to the Florida coaches much. Florida still sends me letters I just need to get down there and see them this summer.”

Not Sure With Tennessee’s Direction

“I visited Tennessee before Layne Kiffin was the coach. I liked the campus and the area. I’m not sure what direction the program will take, it will be interesting to see how the program will go with Kiffin as the coach.” James said

“I don’t know when I will take all my visits. If I make up my mind I will commit. I’m not going to rush to a decision. Right now it’s not a big deal to commit early.” James added

wicket
04-22-2009, 04:11 PM
ND got the most lines in the article ;)

daytonirish
04-22-2009, 04:40 PM
It should also noted that the article was dated April 18, so they propably talked to him before his visit to the spring game.

irishmarine
04-22-2009, 10:06 PM
looks like we need tackles more now that unc grabbed a big guy. this guy seems to have really liked the visit hopefully he chooses here and see the chance to play early as a benefit to come here

daytonirish
04-23-2009, 11:06 AM
We weren't going to get Hurst anyway. But I will agree about hoping we get James.

irishunclebill
04-26-2009, 08:58 PM
There may not be a whole lot to this but it is kind of interesting that Matt James eschewed the Buckeye spring game to instead visit Cincy. Could be just that he didn't want to miss the Cincy version of Skyline Chili for two weekends in a row, but skipping a trip to Columbus for their big spring event can't be a bad sign for the Irish, or Cincy for that matter.

robdog_5
04-26-2009, 09:28 PM
There may not be a whole lot to this but it is kind of interesting that Matt James eschewed the Buckeye spring game to instead visit Cincy. Could be just that he didn't want to miss the Cincy version of Skyline Chili for two weekends in a row, but skipping a trip to Columbus for their big spring event can't be a bad sign for the Irish, or Cincy for that matter.


well it could be good or bad. He did visit cbus the weekend before the day before our spring game. So he has visited all 3 in the last week. According to Bill Kruelic or whatever he thinks ND is 3rd among the 3, however the guy has not always been credible.

irishunclebill
06-25-2009, 01:40 PM
Matt is reportedly on campus today.

morrdave9
06-25-2009, 01:45 PM
Come on Matt - 2 Cincy kids in 2 days

Fifth Horseman
06-25-2009, 01:48 PM
Come on Matt - 2 Cincy kids in 2 days

That would be so clutch. Throw in a commit from Wood tomorrow and I'd be a happy Irish camper sitting three-for-three; albeit not all from Cincy.

morrdave9
06-25-2009, 01:57 PM
Rev would like it, too. Would only need one more commit by next Wed for his prediction to be accurate

irishunclebill
07-16-2009, 12:48 PM
Matt visited Florida yesterday, but there are reports coming out that his Gayturd offer is no longer actionable. If true, it would seem that unless Matt wants to do some more fishing that he should be making a choice between ND & Cincy before the beginning of September.

SoCalDomer
07-16-2009, 01:12 PM
he should be making a choice between ND & Cincy before the beginning of September.


i must be missing something. there's no choice there. south bend rules, cincinatti drools. :ridinghorse:

kapow!

daytonirish
07-16-2009, 01:42 PM
I think cincy is working him very hard, but he wants to choose ND. Just my thoughts on his decision.

therizz
07-16-2009, 01:53 PM
Matt visited Florida yesterday, but there are reports coming out that his Gayturd offer is no longer actionable. If true, it would seem that unless Matt wants to do some more fishing that he should be making a choice between ND & Cincy before the beginning of September.

IUB, do you know if that was based on anything in particular? I.e. silent commits at UF, poor performance, etc.?

irishunclebill
07-16-2009, 02:03 PM
IUB, do you know if that was based on anything in particular? I.e. silent commits at UF, poor performance, etc.?

The report implied no more room, and since UF currently has only 1 OL verbal, I guess you can extrapolate that to mean the dreaded "silent commits."

piyachi
07-16-2009, 02:15 PM
OT - Youre three posts away from 10,000, IUB.

SpanishElite
07-16-2009, 02:40 PM
OT - Youre three posts away from 10,000, IUB.

psh. Most of those are just in that Word Association thread anyway.

That is weird about UF. I know they took X. Nixon and N. Alijajian last cycle with 2 more I believe. Honestly if it truly comes down to Cincy and ND even with all of these reports I think it will be ND in the end. To much to offer, and ND might actually be on the positive side of a job security story because IMO I dont see Kelly being at Cincy 2 more years.

BigIrish
07-16-2009, 03:45 PM
psh. Most of those are just in that Word Association thread anyway.

That is weird about UF. I know they took X. Nixon and N. Alijajian last cycle with 2 more I believe. Honestly if it truly comes down to Cincy and ND even with all of these reports I think it will be ND in the end. To much to offer, and ND might actually be on the positive side of a job security story because IMO I dont see Kelly being at Cincy 2 more years.

ha...if weis doesn't win some games this year, kelly might just wind up at ND!

i kid, i kid...

Synoptico
07-16-2009, 03:50 PM
OT - Youre three posts away from 10,000, IUB.

10,000 it is

Illinois Domer25
07-16-2009, 03:52 PM
I honestly think Matt James would be a HUGE pickup for the Irish. Lombard and James along with Watt and Zach Martin who are incoming frosh this year would be such a great foundation on the O-Line.

wicket
07-16-2009, 05:10 PM
I honestly think Matt James would be a HUGE pickup for the Irish. Lombard and James along with Watt and Zach Martin who are incoming frosh this year would be such a great foundation on the O-Line.

dont forget bullard

ndlb41
07-16-2009, 05:27 PM
Sounds like a great future line to me!

Griff Cannon
08-06-2009, 11:05 PM
http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=blog06&plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3ade3ab7e7-5e43-4e32-8612-155786b59a09Post%3af1e55bda-0eb6-4fa4-8292-af01cb4b042c&sid=sitelife.cincinnati.com

St. Xavier senior OL Matt James plans to take official visits to UC, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Boston College and Florida, according to St. X coach Steve Specht.

"That can always change but I doubt it," Specht said in a text message.

Specht didn't indicate when the visits will take place. Seniors are allowed to begin official visits once classes start.

James is considered one of the top linemen in the nation. He's committed to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 9 in San Antonio.

SpanishElite
08-07-2009, 01:48 PM
Get ready to wait until NSD IMO. ND has to have a great year.. hopefully Brian Kelly goes somewhere different and I think M. James is ND's.

SouthernIrish
08-07-2009, 06:43 PM
The more I think about it. The more pissed off I get that CW didn't offer Massa. I think that if Massa got offered we would have gotten both of them back in early July. Is Rees soooo much better a QB prospect than Massa? Let's face it. Teams offer prospects friends all the time to entice them to committ. We do too by the way. If we end up missing out on this guy, I'm going to be less a fan of CW. Fumble on the goal line stupid. JMHO.

SpanishElite
08-07-2009, 06:58 PM
The more I think about it. The more pissed off I get that CW didn't offer Massa. I think that if Massa got offered we would have gotten both of them back in early July. Is Rees soooo much better a QB prospect than Massa? Let's face it. Teams offer prospects friends all the time to entice them to committ. We do too by the way. If we end up missing out on this guy, I'm going to be less a fan of CW. Fumble on the goal line stupid. JMHO.

Im not disagreeing with you 100% Southern.. but just to play alittle devils advocate..
I dont know if any player (highschool non proven) is worth 2 scholarships. We dont know what kind of player Massa, or James will be. Who knows, maybe James would be like B. Webb and leave the program. ND cant be giving out scholarships on a yearly basis to buddies to get the guy they want. No player is guaranteed, and OL rankings are usually the hardest really to judge. James seems like he is going to be very very good and has all the tools. But who knows I still think with a good year, and Verducci and CW's job security solid James will end up at ND in the end.

Griff Cannon
08-07-2009, 07:24 PM
The more I think about it. The more pissed off I get that CW didn't offer Massa. I think that if Massa got offered we would have gotten both of them back in early July. Is Rees soooo much better a QB prospect than Massa? Let's face it. Teams offer prospects friends all the time to entice them to committ. We do too by the way. If we end up missing out on this guy, I'm going to be less a fan of CW. Fumble on the goal line stupid. JMHO.

I am very happy with Rees and I am not worried about losing out on James yet. He is taking 5 official visits, which means he is no longer close to committing to cincy, and will buy us the time we need to prove ourselves on the field. If he is not impressed by then, I will worry but there is still plenty to be optimistic about.

daytonirish
08-07-2009, 07:40 PM
Is Rees soooo much better a QB prospect than Massa?

Don't know the answer to that, but I do know that bothe Rees and Massa were asked to camp at Notre Dame so the coaches could get a look at them. One of them did just that, the other one did not. I'll take the one who was sure of his abilities and worked out in front of the Notre Dame coaches.

SouthernIrish
08-07-2009, 08:00 PM
Im not disagreeing with you 100% Southern.. but just to play alittle devils advocate..
I dont know if any player (highschool non proven) is worth 2 scholarships. We dont know what kind of player Massa, or James will be. Who knows, maybe James would be like B. Webb and leave the program. ND cant be giving out scholarships on a yearly basis to buddies to get the guy they want. No player is guaranteed, and OL rankings are usually the hardest really to judge. James seems like he is going to be very very good and has all the tools. But who knows I still think with a good year, and Verducci and CW's job security solid James will end up at ND in the end.

Whether or not James "pans out" is true for anyone. I seem to remember a WR, that was not very highly rated (I'm not sure he had an offer from anyone that his BFF didn't, although his BFF had offers from everyone so that may not be fair.) from Hawaii who followed his BFF to ND. That particular WR didn't bother to camp at ND and showcase his talents either. Mr. Hurst is going to go to school with his brother "coincidentally" at UNC. Shock! I'm sure there are plenty of other examples and back QB is a place where ND could take a bit of a risk to get an outstanding recruit at a "must" position. Prater and Cooper would to play together too BTW.

daytonirish
08-07-2009, 08:08 PM
Prater and Cooper would to play together too BTW.
__________________


Guess will find out if that one happens or not in Feb. And as far as someones BFF comment, didn't Notre Dame lose a slot wr who had commited but changed his mind before this person was offered ? And as far as James goes, one should also remember that he has never said he was close to committing to anyone. Just alot of folks guessing he will follow his BFF to cincy.

irishunclebill
08-07-2009, 09:02 PM
The whole issue about James & Massa is IMO overblown. We tend to forget that Matt James is from Cincy, that Cincy has a pretty solid program with an up & coming HC, and oh BTW, both of his parents are Cincy grads. On the surface Matt James has all the personality of a Cincy lean, and if it were not for ND, he might possibly have already committed there. I don't think Massa has as much to do with his affinity for Cincy as the four other reasons. That being said I also think that ND with a solid start out of the gate next month still has a great chance with Matt.

SoCalDomer
08-07-2009, 11:05 PM
That particular WR didn't bother to camp at ND and showcase his talents either.

Toma may not have camped at ND, but Polian essentially camped at Punahou all of last season. I believe he attended Punahou HS practice every Tuesday, which would have allowed him to evaluate Toma once a week.

Also, I believe, though I can't be certain, that offering Toma was not a "sweeten the deal" kind of thing to get Manti. Nyshier Oliver decommited quite late, which left little time to try and fill that WR/Ath spot. They offered Toma shortly thereafter, but Toma didn't go public with it. It wasn't until almost NSD, if not the day of, that it started coming out that not only did Toma have an offer, he had it for several weeks and was seriously considering ND.

grokster
08-12-2009, 12:42 PM
Matt continues to have no favorite school. The longer he stays open, the better shot we will have.

HoffVir
08-12-2009, 12:44 PM
Nice article on James Stone. Kid sounds like he and ND are a perfect fit.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090809/SPORTS07/908090355/-1/PREPSFACTORY/Middle+Tennessee+s+top+football+star+tackles+adver sity+off+the+field++too

Wrong James. :tease:

NDisNCin2010
09-21-2009, 03:06 PM
saw Matt on campus this weekend...in short-the kid is a MONSTER...he is huge...he was with his mom and dad...his dad was a pretty big guy but nowhere near the size of Matt...Matt seemed to be hanging with them more than the other recruits from what i saw...dont know if thats good or bad or what...i kept my distance and was just checking out the scene that i stumbled onto during the player walk where all the recruits had gathered near the Sorin statue...also saw Danny Smith, Leuders, Amerson, (guy named buchanon? maybe he was 2011 recruit? i was trying to read their name tags without giving myself away)...saw Golic Sr....I didnt see Nix though...was he there this weekend?

morrdave9
09-21-2009, 03:09 PM
Nix was there, said he had a really good time, but is still committed to Miami.

Revolver
09-21-2009, 06:39 PM
Matt James will be Irish. In fact, he is already Irish.

Put it in 3 inch headlines.

Call your local radio station

Whisper it in your girls ear tonight

Revstradomous has spoken

therizz
09-21-2009, 06:47 PM
Nix was there, said he had a really good time, but is still committed to Miami.

I still do not see Nix leaving the state of Florida.

IrishR#1
09-21-2009, 07:13 PM
I hope so. We need two more big offensive linemen. I'm liking the way this class has turned out so far.

TheSunIsRising
09-24-2009, 01:34 AM
Matt James will be Irish. In fact, he is already Irish.


You pretty certain about this? He is indicating that he will still take his official visits, but that could be a smoke-screen.

irishmarine
09-24-2009, 02:28 AM
He would be a "huge" get

Revolver
09-24-2009, 05:00 AM
You pretty certain about this? He is indicating that he will still take his official visits, but that could be a smoke-screen.

Yeah, he might not be a committ yet but I think he is Irish.

SpanishElite
09-24-2009, 08:34 AM
Thats huge news if true.

NDisNCin2010
09-24-2009, 09:47 AM
he aint no 6'7" 280...hes gotta be around 6'8" 320 from what i saw...and the weight is evenly distributed from top to bottom...kids hands were the size of a catchers mitt...he was easily the largest guy on campus last weekend...including the guys on ND and MSU!...now just being big and tall does not a great OT make, we all know that, but it aint a bad start. IMHO i think he is most important recruit we have left onm the board.

therizz
09-24-2009, 10:27 AM
he aint no 6'7" 280...hes gotta be around 6'8" 320 from what i saw...and the weight is evenly distributed from top to bottom...kids hands were the size of a catchers mitt...he was easily the largest guy on campus last weekend...including the guys on ND and MSU!...now just being big and tall does not a great OT make, we all know that, but it aint a bad start. IMHO i think he is most important recruit we have left onm the board.

Is S Henderson still technically on the Irish board?

Griff Cannon
09-24-2009, 10:39 AM
You pretty certain about this? He is indicating that he will still take his official visits, but that could be a smoke-screen.

his visit last week was only an unofficial

grokster
09-24-2009, 10:41 AM
The boyz at ISD are saying "unfounded rumors".

SpanishElite
09-24-2009, 10:59 AM
Is S Henderson still technically on the Irish board?

He said he is taking an OV to the USC game. With Floyd I think ND has a chance.

Revolver
09-24-2009, 11:23 AM
The boyz at ISD are saying "unfounded rumors".

Well sure, you can believe them.......or the lepracauhn.

grokster
09-24-2009, 11:42 AM
Since you asked...specific to Matt James, here's my take on credibility from highest to lowest:

UND.com
Rivals
Scout
ISD
IE
Cincinnatti.com
SBT
B&G
ESPN
'In the Know' posters like the leprachaun

Synoptico
09-24-2009, 11:46 AM
Since you asked...specific to Matt James, here's my take on credibility from highest to lowest:

UND.com
Rivals
Scout
ISD
IE
Cincinnatti.com
SBT
B&G
ESPN
'In the Know' posters like the leprachaun

Where is IUB on your list?
Where is Goldhelmet?

Revolver
09-24-2009, 11:48 AM
Since you asked...specific to Matt James, here's my take on credibility from highest to lowest:

UND.com
Rivals
Scout
ISD
IE
Cincinnatti.com
SBT
B&G
ESPN
'In the Know' posters like the leprachaun

I didn't ask you anything, I made a statement that was clearly a joke.

Nah, i'm not in the know. I do have access to rivals info but that is hardly in the know. I just go with my gut and have fun with it from time to time.

But you know this already don't you? Yes, you know i'm not really serious but chose to be a smartass anyways.

Cheers mate.

Revolver
09-24-2009, 11:50 AM
Where is IUB on your list?
Where is Goldhelmet?

Yeah, I actually have GH and it's posters over many of those.

grokster
09-24-2009, 12:39 PM
Where is IUB on your list?

When IUB says it's Fact...then I know it's Fact. I believe IUB would hold off making that call until he had it confirmed by Rivals or one of his other credible sources.

Synoptico
09-24-2009, 02:31 PM
When IUB says it's Fact...then I know it's Fact. I believe IUB would hold off making that call until he had it confirmed by Rivals or one of his other credible sources.

I was actually being sarcastic (I know it doesn't come through)

SoCalDomer
09-24-2009, 02:46 PM
I believe IUB would hold off making that call until he had it confirmed by Rivals or one of his other credible sources.


he and i haven't talked in a while. :wave:

Griff Cannon
09-24-2009, 03:06 PM
he and i haven't talked in a while. :wave:

He must be enjoying the lack of noise :guitar:

grokster
09-24-2009, 04:19 PM
Synoptico... aside from my being overly literal, I really missed the sarcasm. My Bad!

Sarcasm should have that mocking or sneering tone, and therefore my confusion since I missed that subtlety.

Something like..."Gee Dude, I guess IUB doesn't pull enough weight to make your list"

Thanks for clarifying.

SoCalDomer
09-24-2009, 04:34 PM
He must be enjoying the lack of noise :guitar:


:secretservice:

Hey Griff, if it looks like you're being followed, you're just being paranoid.


http://www.homevideos.com/freezeframes44/MeetTheParents22.jpeg
I'm watching you.

Griff Cannon
09-24-2009, 04:37 PM
:secretservice:

Hey Griff, if it looks like you're being followed, you're just being paranoid.
.

I hope you use someone else this time....
http://failblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/fail-security-guard.jpg

Synoptico
09-24-2009, 05:01 PM
Synoptico... aside from my being overly literal, I really missed the sarcasm. My Bad!

Sarcasm should have that mocking or sneering tone, and therefore my confusion since I missed that subtlety.

Something like..."Gee Dude, I guess IUB doesn't pull enough weight to make your list"

Thanks for clarifying.

No prob. Just didn't after you responded I re-read what I wrote and saw the ambiguity and wanted to clarify.

SoCalDomer
09-24-2009, 05:06 PM
I hope you use someone else this time....


i told her not to eat a big lunch with red wine.

Griff Cannon
09-24-2009, 05:19 PM
i told her not to eat a big lunch with red wine.

I have never seen someone eat that much turkey and gravy in one sitting

SoCalDomer
11-06-2009, 06:39 PM
rumble rumble. hearing (or reading rather) that UC may be out.

Griff Cannon
11-06-2009, 07:10 PM
rumble rumble. hearing (or reading rather) that UC may be out.

actually been kind of worried about UC with james since they were able to flip Jibreel Black from IU

grokster
11-06-2009, 07:46 PM
rumble rumble. hearing (or reading rather) that UC may be out.
What's the source? Nothing is showing up in the Cincinnati blogs. Mr Matt has been the Quiet Man when it comes to sharing his thoughts.

wicket
11-06-2009, 08:05 PM
What's the source? Nothing is showing up in the Cincinnati blogs. Mr Matt has been the Quiet Man when it comes to sharing his thoughts.

+1

SoCalDomer
11-06-2009, 08:32 PM
What's the source? Nothing is showing up in the Cincinnati blogs. Mr Matt has been the Quiet Man when it comes to sharing his thoughts.

Ohio HS football people. as with anything recruiting, nothing is sure until it comes from the recruit's mouth, and even then...
(not Matt, but some other recruits seem to be blown with the wind)

stew654
11-06-2009, 11:22 PM
That would be big as it seemed as if they were the main competition.

zimmsbg78
11-24-2009, 01:30 PM
Matt will be OV Florida this weekend, which is supposed to be a big recruiting weekend for the Gayturds.

SpanishElite
11-24-2009, 01:37 PM
Matt will be OV Florida this weekend, which is supposed to be a big recruiting weekend for the Gayturds.

They play FSU this weekend which is always a huge game for both. To bad FSU is terrible, UF is going to win big.. hopefully James is either ND or Cincy, in which ND gets Cincy's coach and he ends up at ND.

daytonirish
11-24-2009, 04:19 PM
Well it kinda makes sense he would be in Fla this weekend. With Urban having already signing a contract with Notre Dame. Urbie can hold a Top Secret recruting weekend for the Irish. Chris Martin will also be in Fla for the Notre Dame recruiting weekend with Urbie.;

Griff Cannon
11-24-2009, 04:28 PM
Well it kinda makes sense he would be in Fla this weekend. With Urban having already signing a contract with Notre Dame. Urbie can hold a Top Secret recruting weekend for the Irish. Chris Martin will also be in Fla for the Notre Dame recruiting weekend with Urbie.;

oh great somebody is going to read this and go all
http://media1.break.com/dnet/media/2009/2/89%20Breaking%20News.jpg
:rofl:

irishunclebill
11-24-2009, 04:33 PM
So Dayton is IBB's source at the Gug. Now I understand. :bigsmile:

SpanishElite
11-24-2009, 06:07 PM
So Dayton is IBB's source at the Gug. Now I understand. :bigsmile:

haha. He has it all figured out.

Purebred Irishman
12-02-2009, 02:10 PM
Ron Powlus visited James today at his school. He plans on waiting to see who ND next HC will be before he schedules an offical to ND.

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/preps/2009/12/02/powlus-visited-st-xavier-today/

JMR8
12-08-2009, 12:32 AM
if we get Kelly then Matt James will come to ND. Seems like it would be a win/win for him...

NDgrandson
12-10-2009, 10:35 PM
How long will it take? The mere bump of this thread I am sure got everyones hopes up.

grokster
12-10-2009, 11:23 PM
Given both of Matt's parents are UC grads, Brian Kelly might not be a warm and fuzzy name tonight in the James household. IMHO...Matt may end up Irish but it is far from a slam dunk.

sreepointer
12-10-2009, 11:28 PM
Given both of Matt's parents are UC grads, Brian Kelly might not be a warm and fuzzy name tonight in the James household. IMHO...Matt may end up Irish but it is far from a slam dunk.

This is a valid point, but they love thier son more than they love UC, so they should be focusing on what is best for him, and surely that must be ND, right? I will choose to think so, and keep my fingers crossed.

irishunclebill
12-10-2009, 11:59 PM
This is a valid point, but they love thier son more than they love UC, so they should be focusing on what is best for him, and surely that must be ND, right? I will choose to think so, and keep my fingers crossed.

If recent reports have any merit at all though Cincy was losing ground (not because of Kelly) with Matt even if Kelly stayed. pOSU had recently re-emerged as the slight favorite with the lingering elephant in the room, Meyer, still hanging around. Kelly moving to ND should put the Irish squarely back in the mix. I don't think it is a slam dunk either, but it has to help a whole lot because I believe that ND is Matt's personal first choice.

SouthernIrish
12-11-2009, 11:20 AM
WTF!! He hasn't committed yet! If James doesn't commit to ND soon, this whole Kelly hire is BS and a total failure. The guy can't even recruit his "hometown". How can he recruit on a national scale. I give him 'til the end of the season before we start looking for a new HC.







:tease:

P.S. Why don't we have a "sarcasm" emoticon? Who the hell is running this place anyway?!!

NDisNCin2010
12-14-2009, 01:15 PM
new scout article up on Matt

is this now an ND-pOSU battle?

Griff Cannon
12-14-2009, 01:29 PM
WTF!! He hasn't committed yet! If James doesn't commit to ND soon, this whole Kelly hire is BS and a total failure. The guy can't even recruit his "hometown". How can he recruit on a national scale. I give him 'til the end of the season before we start looking for a new HC.







:tease:

P.S. Why don't we have a "sarcasm" emoticon? Who the hell is running this place anyway?!!

I prefer chicken little myself in these instances, but it is personal preference
http://christianmenchristianwarrior.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/chicken-little-sky-falling.jpg

Griff Cannon
12-28-2009, 03:36 PM
looking to make his official to ND on the weekend of Jan 23rd or 30th

NDgrandson
12-28-2009, 05:05 PM
looking to make his official to ND on the weekend of Jan 23rd or 30th

Finally something on him. I wish it was in a week vs a month though. I hope BK and Alford stir up a whole lot of momenum recruiting wise to fill out this class.

Griff Cannon
12-28-2009, 05:12 PM
Finally something on him. I wish it was in a week vs a month though. I hope BK and Alford stir up a whole lot of momenum recruiting wise to fill out this class.
I think they will have plenty of momentum after announcing the staff and getting them out there recruiting. Plus its a dead period so everyone is limited in what they can do till the new year anyway.

NDgrandson
12-28-2009, 05:23 PM
I think they will have plenty of momentum after announcing the staff and getting them out there recruiting. Plus its a dead period so everyone is limited in what they can do till the new year anyway.

Still, there was little to no news about Matt James after the BK announcement and we were all thinking he was next aboard. BK kind of squandered his first open period but chose to focus on coaching and phone calls which may work out better in the end. We'll see.

FYI, I knew I couldn't rep you for the MJ news. Stoney and Spinner are trying to keep me from repping you. Just so you know, you are bringing a lot to GH and I really appreciate it. It's gonna take spreadin' like whore who used to be a gymanst to get my reps to you.

Griff Cannon
12-28-2009, 05:40 PM
Still, there was little to no news about Matt James after the BK announcement and we were all thinking he was next aboard. BK kind of squandered his first open period but chose to focus on coaching and phone calls which may work out better in the end. We'll see.

FYI, I knew I couldn't rep you for the MJ news. Stoney and Spinner are trying to keep me from repping you. Just so you know, you are bringing a lot to GH and I really appreciate it. It's gonna take spreadin' like whore who used to be a gymanst to get my reps to you.

No worries, I think Kelly has done a great job recruiting thus far, especially with what he has had available.....I need to finish that blog post......

SouthernIrish
12-30-2009, 03:28 PM
I'm surprised he didn't make any All-American teams. I guess he should've committed to OSU early and he probably would've gotten an invite.

SpanishElite
12-30-2009, 03:31 PM
I'm surprised he didn't make any All-American teams. I guess he should've committed to OSU early and he probably would've gotten an invite.

Its a joke that he didnt.

Griff Cannon
12-30-2009, 03:41 PM
I'm surprised he didn't make any All-American teams. I guess he should've committed to OSU early and he probably would've gotten an invite.

:gooooofy: No. 77 on the East Roster for the AAA game :rofl:

NDGirlzRock
12-30-2009, 10:43 PM
The kid is a mountain of a man and I think you could see him as a 4 year starter just like Sam Young!!!!

SouthernIrish
12-31-2009, 09:01 AM
:gooooofy: No. 77 on the East Roster for the AAA game :rofl:

Thanks man, idk how i missed that. good to see him get some recognition. :drinks:

TJimmy
01-03-2010, 01:57 PM
Matt James has supposedly named as leader... anyone know who???
Man, I hope it's ND.
Go IRISH!!

wicket
01-03-2010, 02:06 PM
sorry buddy, its osu

Purebred Irishman
01-03-2010, 02:10 PM
sorry buddy, its osu

Ah crap !!!!!

SpanishElite
01-03-2010, 02:51 PM
Thats not great news. Maybe after the OL coach and staff at ND is announced there will a ittle more stability for James at ND.

NDisNCin2010
01-03-2010, 03:14 PM
did Matts dad play at Cincy?

ND_Ownz!
01-03-2010, 03:35 PM
did Matts dad play at Cincy?

Yes

NDisNCin2010
01-03-2010, 04:00 PM
hmmm...little worried now about Matt...lot of "hometown baggage" w/Kelly and the greater Cinncy faithful, and especially Cinn alumns i would imagine...whether right or wrong doesnt really matter, what metters is that it exists.

JMR8
01-03-2010, 05:57 PM
I hope he is not a OSU lean. He was a target we needed to get I know we are not out of the running, but damn we need OL.

Revolver
01-03-2010, 06:08 PM
If we miss out on james, we may have to line up a couple of pringles cans for tackles in the future.

SpanishElite
01-06-2010, 12:31 PM
http://vmedia.rivals.com/uploads/880/F639481.jpg

Synoptico
01-06-2010, 10:51 PM
Holding a line?

Offensive lineman Matt James of Cincinnati's St. Xavier High was scheduled to visit Notre Dame in early December for the postseason banquet, but that recruiting visit got wiped out after head coach Charlie Weis was fired. His official visit to ND will now likely come late this month.

Still, a leader may be forming for James, who at one point was down to ND and Cincinnati. And it isn't the Irish.

"I think Ohio State's moved ahead," the 6-8, 290-pound James said, citing coaching changes at Notre Dame and Cincinnati, along with the uncertainty at Florida.



http://http://www.southbendtribune.com/article/20100106/SPORTS13/100109701/1130

irishunclebill
01-14-2010, 07:02 PM
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/preps/2010/01/14/matt-james-drops-florida-uc-visit-next/


Matt James drops Florida, UC visit next.

According to Mike Dyer, who received information from St. Xavier football coach Steve Specht, All-American offensive tackle Matt James has canceled an official visit to Florida and will visit the University of Cincinnati instead. The visit is scheduled for this weekend.

Specht said James has narrowed his list of potential schools to UC, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

He’s scheduled to visit Notre Dame later this month. He already has visited Ohio State.

NDisNCin2010
01-14-2010, 07:09 PM
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/preps/2010/01/14/matt-james-drops-florida-uc-visit-next/

Kelly will close this deal...I'm certain of it.

SpanishElite
01-14-2010, 07:41 PM
Kelly will close this deal...I'm certain of it.

I hope so. Because who knows what is going to happen with the new ND prospects on the OL ND is now finding. James is a must.

zimmsbg78
01-26-2010, 09:11 AM
http://bucknuts.com/index.php/component/option,com_idoblog/Itemid,1347/id,9213/task,viewpost/ (free)


Four-star offensive tackle and U.S. Army All-American Matt James (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier), confirmed with Irish Sports Daily that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will make an in-home visit on Monday.

The 6-foot-7, 280-pound James has a top three of Ohio State, Cincinnati, and the Irish, and will make an official visit to South Bend this weekend. He's visited each of his favorites several times in the past.

Notre Dame has also offered James' teammate, quarterback Luke Massa (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier). A soft verbal commit to Cincinnati, Massa will visit the Irish campus this coming weekend as well. Look for Kelly to see him while he's in town.

domerdude
01-26-2010, 07:35 PM
BIG weekend...

therizz
01-31-2010, 03:29 PM
Liked his visit. Didn't commit.

NDgrandson
01-31-2010, 03:42 PM
Liked his visit. Didn't commit.

I hope it's only because he is having a live announcement on espn or something. Especially with Massa in... we need to close the deal on James.

Griff Cannon
01-31-2010, 05:47 PM
I hope it's only because he is having a live announcement on espn or something. Especially with Massa in... we need to close the deal on James.

I think he is the last name I am missing from the ESPN list but haven't seen it confirmed anywhere

Griff Cannon
01-31-2010, 11:50 PM
http://www.maxpreps.com/blogs/football-signing-day-blog/home.htm

9:03 p.m. EST Following his visit South Bend over the weekend, St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) quarterback Luke Massa switched his commitment from Cincinnati to Notre Dame.

Now, Irish fans wait to see how that will influence Massa's teammate, offensive lineman Matt James.

Sources say that on National Signing Day, James is likely to sign with Notre Dame over Ohio State and Cincinnati. Massa committing to Notre Dame will only help those odds.

Notre Dame already has commitments from quarterbacks Andrew Hendrix and Tommy Rees, with whom Massa figures to compete. However, the Irish have a real need for a premier tackle and James would fit the bill perfectly.

NDgrandson
02-01-2010, 02:37 AM
Bump.

This is the recruit we need to focus our hopes on. While Shwenke is gonna be my new favorite, hopefully, Matt James is a must get.

IrishinTN
02-01-2010, 09:01 AM
Please don't start facebooking him.

NDisNCin2010
02-01-2010, 09:21 AM
Big Matt has been the "must get" since the Nix commit...really need him to be Irish.

Griff Cannon
02-01-2010, 09:55 AM
UC has been eliminated, ND or pOSU

NDisNCin2010
02-01-2010, 10:40 AM
is he announcing before or after Seantrel?

zimmsbg78
02-01-2010, 11:56 AM
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100131/SPT030101/301310012/1062/SPT/St.+X+s+James+mulls+Ohio+State+or+Notre+Dame+


St. X's James mulls Ohio State or Notre Dame
January 31, 2010

St. Xavier lineman Matt James, a four-star prospect according to rivals.com, told the Columbus Dispatch, "I?m pretty torn right now between Ohio State and Notre Dame." He had just returned home from an official visit to Notre Dame over the weekend.

James expects to make his choice around noon Wednesday during his school?s ceremony on national letter of intent signing day.

Ohio State, which has 18 commitments in hand, is on the waiting list of James and another blue-chip linel prospect, Seantrel Henderson

cont...

NDisNCin2010
02-01-2010, 03:47 PM
what happens if Seantrel announces for pOSU before james makes his announcement? (MJ to ND lock?)
what happens if Seantrel announces for anyone but pOSU before james makes his announcement? (MJ to pOSU or ND?)

in other words-do we think James is waiting see what Seantrel does in regards to pOSU? if SH picks pOSU-James is a lock to ND? of SH doesnt pick pOSU then James is 50-50 ND/pOSU...maybe picks pOSU with no seantrel there?

F it-maybe we get therm both! F pOSU and all the rest! (a man can dream right?)

Griff Cannon
02-01-2010, 03:48 PM
what happens if Seantrel announces for pOSU before james makes his announcement? (MJ to ND lock?)
what happens if Seantrel announces for anyone but pOSU before james makes his announcement? (MJ to pOSU or ND?)

in other words-do we think James is waiting see what Seantrel does in regards to pOSU? if SH picks pOSU-James is a lock to ND? of SH doesnt pick pOSU then James is 50-50 ND/pOSU...maybe picks pOSU with no seantrel there?

F it-maybe we get therm both! F pOSU and all the rest! (a man can dream right?)
http://www.goldhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=19932

NDisNCin2010
02-01-2010, 03:51 PM
http://www.goldhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=19932

thanks.

what do you think-this good or bad for us that Matt announcing before SH?
or does it even really matter and MJ is not even worrying about what the "Big Fella' does?

Griff Cannon
02-01-2010, 04:08 PM
thanks.

what do you think-this good or bad for us that Matt announcing before SH?
or does it even really matter and MJ is not even worrying about what the "Big Fella' does?

I expect ND to finish in 2nd or 3rd for him. Going into this weekend we had 9 slots left, even if we continue to sweep everyone who was here on the weekend we would have 2 slots left so I don't understand any reason to worry.

SpanishElite
02-01-2010, 06:51 PM
IMO James is Irish and has been (informally) since Coach Kelly made the move. I think Henderson and family likes ND, but the lure of the 3 and done student, with the school with more NFL ties will rule the day. IMO it will be OSU.

NDisNCin2010
02-01-2010, 07:35 PM
I expect ND to finish in 2nd or 3rd for him. Going into this weekend we had 9 slots left, even if we continue to sweep everyone who was here on the weekend we would have 2 slots left so I don't understand any reason to worry.

2nd or 3rd for James or Seantrel?
i think you mean Seantrel...just verfifying

Griff Cannon
02-01-2010, 07:37 PM
2nd or 3rd for James or Seantrel?
i think you mean Seantrel...just verfifying

yeah Henderson, sorry about that

Domer Dog
02-01-2010, 09:34 PM
IMO James is Irish and has been (informally) since Coach Kelly made the move. I think Henderson and family likes ND, but the lure of the 3 and done student, with the school with more NFL ties will rule the day. IMO it will be OSU.

You may be right SE, but doesn't OSU have some depth at OT. They have had some pretty good classes, so I don't know if Seantrel comes in and starts for a bit. He is a beast, but no one is going to hand him the job, whereas, he can still be a 3 and out here (see JC and Golden).

His parents have been involved all along and they, I think, understand that education is needed in the event of injury. However, the recent statement that they are moving to wherever he goes, is a greater indication that he will go somewhere else as Dad (or Mom) will need work (at least until they serve as son's agent).

Domer Dog
02-01-2010, 09:35 PM
Now that I think about it, I really hijacked the James thread. Sorry.

BTW, I really hope Matt comes to ND.

NotreDameNate
02-02-2010, 01:35 AM
Now that I think about it, I really hijacked the James thread. Sorry.

BTW, I really hope Matt comes to ND.

Danny Spond is IRISH!!! :bigsmile:

noklife
02-02-2010, 10:30 AM
You may be right SE, but doesn't OSU have some depth at OT. They have had some pretty good classes, so I don't know if Seantrel comes in and starts for a bit. He is a beast, but no one is going to hand him the job, whereas, he can still be a 3 and out here (see JC and Golden).

His parents have been involved all along and they, I think, understand that education is needed in the event of injury. However, the recent statement that they are moving to wherever he goes, is a greater indication that he will go somewhere else as Dad (or Mom) will need work (at least until they serve as son's agent).

OSU's depth at OT has to be in the top 3 best in the nation. Atleast from a star rating standpoint.

SpanishElite
02-02-2010, 05:45 PM
You may be right SE, but doesn't OSU have some depth at OT. They have had some pretty good classes, so I don't know if Seantrel comes in and starts for a bit. He is a beast, but no one is going to hand him the job, whereas, he can still be a 3 and out here (see JC and Golden).

His parents have been involved all along and they, I think, understand that education is needed in the event of injury. However, the recent statement that they are moving to wherever he goes, is a greater indication that he will go somewhere else as Dad (or Mom) will need work (at least until they serve as son's agent).

OSU has some of the best depth at OT and OL in the country. But SH is a once in a generation type OT. They would bump a tackle down and allow SH to start if he goes to OSU and earns his spot. All of this just shows you how truly gifted he is.

Irishlaw
02-02-2010, 06:35 PM
rumors that he (james) is headed to OSU. if thats true and we sign only the two hawaiian kids tomorrow, despite still having faith in BK, i will be concerned

sreepointer
02-02-2010, 06:57 PM
rumors that he (james) is headed to OSU. if thats true and we sign only the two hawaiian kids tomorrow, despite still having faith in BK, i will be concerned

I read that rumor on another board. Dude said he plays basketball with a coach from St. X who said he thinks James is headed to OSU. Of course he also said part of the reason for it was that James thinks he is better at run blocking than pass blocking so OSU fits him better. I sure this was just one of the many rumors out there. Luckily, we are less than 24 hours away from knowing. Then once recruiting season is over, we can start to focus on the transfer rumors!:gossip:

BigIrish
02-02-2010, 08:57 PM
rumors that he (james) is headed to OSU. if thats true and we sign only the two hawaiian kids tomorrow, despite still having faith in BK, i will be concerned

don't be. When you account for the quiet period (which started a week after he was on staff), Kelly has had about a month to try and build a relationship with these kids and convince them that he can do better than 6-6. Kelly's main responsibility this time around was to hold the class together - he's done that.

Kelly may be a closer in the living room, but you can't polish a turd, and that's exactly what he's being asked to do when he tries to pull kids like James that have watched ND lose more games than they've won since he was a freshman in high school.

Kelly gets a pass this year. If he's offering two stars and whiffing on 4 stars when he only has 15-17 schollies for next year's class, be concerned. But not yet.

HoffVir
02-02-2010, 09:03 PM
Well, considering the thread we're in here, BK has had more than a month to form a relationship with James.

Still, the people getting worried about BK's recruiting ability based solely on this class need to grow up and be patient.

Domer Dog
02-02-2010, 09:05 PM
I read that rumor on another board. Dude said he plays basketball with a coach from St. X who said he thinks James is headed to OSU. Of course he also said part of the reason for it was that James thinks he is better at run blocking than pass blocking so OSU fits him better. I sure this was just one of the many rumors out there. Luckily, we are less than 24 hours away from knowing. Then once recruiting season is over, we can start to focus on the transfer rumors!:gossip:

Maybe the coach didn't want to steal the thunder from the kid and therefore is laying a false trail, so that he can surprise the Irish faithful with a commitment tomorrow. :medicated:

One can only hope.

BigIrish
02-02-2010, 09:09 PM
Yeah, that's true. But you can't tell me that there aren't bumps in the road when Kelly has to make the switch from recruiting against the likes of ND and OSU to recruiting FOR the Irish. Hell, considering the salesman that Kelly seems to be, it's likely that Kelly himself helped plant the seeds of doubt that are working against him today as he tries to convince James to follow him to ND.

Relationship or not, Kelly has only represented and sold ND for a month.

stonebreakerwasgod
02-02-2010, 10:42 PM
I'm going to wake up tomorrow with low expectations. That way, it only improves.

sreepointer
02-02-2010, 11:20 PM
I'm going to wake up tomorrow with low expectations. That way, it only improves.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

pmarrack
02-03-2010, 09:27 AM
Irish. Sweet.

Dayton_Domer
02-03-2010, 09:29 AM
Welcome Matt!!!!

U Rock!!!!

Synoptico
02-03-2010, 09:33 AM
Numa numa!!!!!!!!!!!

ALLND62
02-03-2010, 09:34 AM
welcome Matt thanks for relieving some pressure.

NDisNCin2010
02-03-2010, 09:34 AM
Welcome to the ND Family Matt!!

mlcspinner
02-03-2010, 09:35 AM
Wow this is great news!

zimmsbg78
02-03-2010, 09:38 AM
Welcome to ND Matt. NUMA NUMA !!

IrishCrasher
02-03-2010, 10:16 AM
Numa Numa Love It. Important piece to the puzzle.

NDisNCin2010
02-03-2010, 11:05 AM
have to think Luke coming in helped us here despite what the "this was no packjage deal" naysayers say.
last year was Teo and Toma...this year James and Massa.
i have no problem at all with these things...some seem to think its improper but i dont.

JGESS
02-03-2010, 11:24 AM
wow this is a nice surprise... funny to go pack to the first posts from 08 and see kelly was workin on him 2 years ago...

JMR8
02-03-2010, 12:05 PM
good news gang. this is gooood news!

NotreDameNate
02-03-2010, 01:28 PM
AWESOME!!!! This is the name I wanted to see, or at least figured I would see in this thread. The Jones's, Ferguson's, and others I didn't figure would be here. But I had a feeling Matt James was coming this way.

Congrats to you sir! And best of luck!

NDGirlzRock
02-03-2010, 08:51 PM
Welcome to the fold Matt! We sure do need you!!!

KamaraPolice
02-03-2010, 10:46 PM
A scholar and a gentlemen.

wicket
04-02-2010, 09:26 PM
Guys I really dont want to alarm you but there are RUMOURS!!!!, that this is about Matt James.

Spring Breaker Dead in Balcony Fall (http://www.wjhg.com/news/headlines/89811577.html)

My thoughts are with those close to the victim anyway. It feels wrong to hope and pray that it is not him but it is what I find myself doing.

Didnt really know what to do with this info so far but I thought you guys should know.

SpanishElite
04-02-2010, 09:28 PM
Wow. It looks official according to Rivals. They are saying Luke Massa was with him and is in the hospital now.

http://www.newsherald.com/news/fall-82747-balcony-inn.html

notredomer23
04-02-2010, 09:28 PM
hes dead. I just checked out his facebook. All his friends are saying RIP and everything. OMG I can't believe how terrible this is he had tons of future ahead of him.

wicket
04-02-2010, 09:31 PM
yeah was just going to post that, prayers are with his family and friends

Griff Cannon
04-02-2010, 09:35 PM
truly awful, thoughts and prayers for his family

brownkj002
04-02-2010, 09:36 PM
that's awful. just awful. prayers to his friends and family.

SpanishElite
04-02-2010, 09:37 PM
Hopefully this wasnt alcohol related.

publicola
04-02-2010, 09:43 PM
Hopefully his friends, teammates, and other high school football players, athletes and all kids realize that drinking is dangerous and not all fun and games and learn from this experience.

Where are the reports confirming alcohol as the cause?

wicket
04-02-2010, 09:44 PM
Where are the reports confirming alcohol as the cause?

No definate reports but spring break and falling of a balkony its the most logical explanation

Griff Cannon
04-02-2010, 10:04 PM
Where are the reports confirming alcohol as the cause?

don't think so

IrishR#1
04-02-2010, 10:22 PM
R.I.P.

stonebreakerwasgod
04-02-2010, 10:50 PM
I hope ND dedicates its season to Mr James, and the team plays in his honor.

(Same w/ St. X)

Play and pray for a fallen teammate.

Griff Cannon
04-02-2010, 11:05 PM
I hope ND dedicates its season to Mr James, and the team plays in his honor.

(Same w/ St. X)

Play and pray for a fallen teammate.

I am sure they will do something at the blue gold game at the very least

Pete
04-02-2010, 11:15 PM
Very sad

stew654
04-02-2010, 11:16 PM
wow, getting ready to start on such a great part of your life and to be going to ND and then gone.

Griff Cannon
04-02-2010, 11:32 PM
can anyone get his contact information off of his facebook, like an address

NDgrandson
04-03-2010, 01:34 AM
http://hphotos-snc1.fbcdn.net/hs236.snc1/8330_1109555465155_1414890992_30281282_3850163_n.j pg

So sad. While Matt joined the class late in the recruiting cycle and there was not as much "get to know you" as some of the others, we'll get to know more about Matt through Luke Massa. Prayers to the family and friends.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2001861&id=1414890992#!/group.php?gid=114801775198035&ref=mf

There is a facebook page titled "R.I.P. Matt James" so when info about services and where to send condolences comes out, maybe you can find it there.

NDgrandson
04-03-2010, 01:44 AM
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100402/SPT030101/304020086/St.+X+star+dead+after+fall


A Facebook group called “RIP Matt James” had more than 1,527 members as of 11:30 p.m. Friday, and an outpouring of prayers and affection for James and his family filled the page’s “wall.”

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When reached for comment Friday night by Blue & Gold.com, St. Xavier football coach Steve Specht said, "I just can't do this right now."

Luke Massa, St. Xavier’s senior quarterback last fall and a fellow Notre Dame recruit, was with James in Florida. Massa was not injured in the incident.

“Luke is devastated,” Massa’s father, Gary, said late Friday. “He lost one of his best friends.”

Added Massa of James: “This kid was a great kid, I can tell you that.”

In Florida, Panama City Beach police are continuing to investigate details of the incident.

“The best that we know is Matt fell,” Gary Massa said.

Word of James’ death spread so fast, friends had already arranged an impromptu vigil and started gathering at the school by 10 p.m. In the next hour, at least 75 cars had arrived. Candles lined the entrance to the football field, where the lights were turned on. Students, along with the school’s choir director, stood with candles in their hands.

A prayer service, set for 9 a.m. Saturday morning at St. X's chapel, was announced during Friday's vigil. All Bomber football players, past and present, were asked to attend. It was unclear whether the event would be open to the public.

Kyle Bedinghaus, a classmate and friend of Matt, was one of the organizers of the vigil. He said just Wednesday, before Matt left for Panama City, his friends told him to be safe and not to do anything to mess up his scholarship.

“It’s hard to believe it happened,” the 18-year-old senior said. “You hear it happens all the time, but when it’s someone you know, it’s scary.”

Several students at the vigil described James as a gentle giant who was down-to-earth and nice to those around him.

Choir director Karl Thomsen said Matt was a good student and “a giant teddy bear.”

“I’m still not reacting,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. What do you say to these kids?”

The school had just recently mourned the death of another classmate, Kevin Le, who was hit by a car and killed in September. The news of Matt’s death, Thomsen said, “will hit them hard.”

dajtrain
04-03-2010, 03:32 AM
RIP Matt. You'll be ND forever

NDgrandson
04-03-2010, 05:06 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-spt-0403-notre-dame-death-20100402,0,2072953.story


On Friday night, Matt James' family gathered in Ohio to celebrate an uncle's 50th birthday party. The revelry came to an incomprehensibly tragic end with news delivered by one phone call.

Dan Rudolph, the father of current Irish tight end Kyle Rudolph, was at the James family gathering when the news came.

"His mom and dad were here when they got the call," Dan Rudolph told the Tribune late Friday night. "The whole James family was here. I can't believe that happened."

The utter disbelief was understandable and pervasive, as a Facebook page titled "R.I.P. Matt James" already was posted Friday night. James was a 6-foot-6, 291-pounder just one week shy of his 18th birthday, and he was new Irish coach Brian Kelly's first impact recruit, ranked the nation's No. 86 prospect overall by Rivals.com.

Reached late Friday night by the Tribune, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the school was still in the process of gathering information and therefore likely would have no official statement until Saturday at the earliest.

But Swarbrick acknowledged an athletic department "stricken" by the reports from Florida. Gary Massa, the father Luke Massa, a Notre Dame recruit and one of James' best friends, estimated late Friday that about 40 St. Xavier students had made the trip to Florida.

Gary Massa said his told him James had died from the fall. He added that St. Xavier parents staying nearby the students had gathered James' classmates on the trip and brought in a chaplain to help work through the tragedy.

"It was just wonderful to see the attention he got this year and he handled all of that very well," Gary Massa said of James. "He treated people very well. He was always respectful. He was just a first-class kid, that's all. That's one of the things our son liked so much about him. He was just a gentle giant."

Said Dan Rudolph: "(He was) the greatest kid in the world."

Indeed, Matt James didn't solidify his decision to attend Notre Dame until the night before Signing Day this past February. When he did, he called Luke Massa and Gary Massa said his son emerged after that conversation "just as excited as could be."

Now, on Saturday, Gary Massa was to get in his car and drive to meet his son halfway from Florida to Cincinnati, and bring him home after a hug.

"It's just devastating," Gary Massa said. "That's all you can say."

Purebred Irishman
04-03-2010, 06:35 AM
I can't believe this has happened to Matt. My prayers are with his family and friends and also his teammates. Very sad for everyone involved. RIP Matt James

SpanishElite
04-03-2010, 09:46 AM
Where are the reports confirming alcohol as the cause?

I dont know for fact. But it was spring break, in Panama City. Which I have gone to 2-3 times. I dont know based on a report or fact, but I would ASSUME it was involved somehow.

Again though just my opinion. Very sad, terrible these things happen. I read where a 24 just died in a similar situation acouple weeks ago at Spring Break.

simets99
04-03-2010, 09:55 AM
I dont know for fact. But it was spring break, in Panama City. Which I have gone to 2-3 times. I dont know based on a report or fact, but I would ASSUME it was involved somehow.

Again though just my opinion. Very sad, terrible these things happen. I read where a 24 just died in a similar situation acouple weeks ago at Spring Break.

I may just be getting old but is it common for high school kids to go on spring break now? I always remember it being college kids and generally juniors and seniors in college. I could see if it was a Florida kid but Ohio to Florida is not a short trip.

This is so awful, someone with so much potential has it all taken away in an instant.

lowayne
04-03-2010, 10:17 AM
I may just be getting old but is it common for high school kids to go on spring break now? I always remember it being college kids and generally juniors and seniors in college. I could see if it was a Florida kid but Ohio to Florida is not a short trip.

This is so awful, someone with so much potential has it all taken away in an instant.

I am glad MTV is doing so much to discourage high school kids from going. /sarcasm

Griff Cannon
04-03-2010, 10:19 AM
I may just be getting old but is it common for high school kids to go on spring break now? I always remember it being college kids and generally juniors and seniors in college. I could see if it was a Florida kid but Ohio to Florida is not a short trip.

This is so awful, someone with so much potential has it all taken away in an instant.

not sure if it was school sponsored but it sounds like quite a few students were there, they did have chaperones too

JMR8
04-03-2010, 10:20 AM
oh my goodness. i didnt know what to think when i saw this on rivals. my prayers go out to his family. so terrible. such an amzaing talent gone.

NDisNCin2010
04-03-2010, 10:47 AM
this is unbelievable.
this news is so sad-your heart breaks for all his family and friends.
i remember seeing Matt at the player walk for the MSU game last fall...they were right by the Sorin statue...he was with his mom and dad...they were taking it all in...talking to each other and some of the other recruits.
will light a candle in grotto next time im in town for Big Matt-he is always part of the ND Family.

Sparks inda Loo
04-03-2010, 11:51 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and Luke Massa who has lost his best friend.

Rest in peace Matt.

Very sad day for ND.

NDisNCin2010
04-03-2010, 12:00 PM
this report saying Massa fell too but wasnt hurt...

http://www.nesn.com/2010/04/matt-james-notre-dame-football-recruit-dies-from-threestory-fall-in-spring-break.html

piyachi
04-03-2010, 12:04 PM
We have no idea that alcohol had anything to do with it, so kindly keep that sort of stuff to yourself.

publicola
04-03-2010, 12:42 PM
We have no idea that alcohol had anything to do with it, so kindly keep that sort of stuff to yourself.

More to the point, even if it did, who gives a shit? There is only one appropriate response right now, and that is expression of condolences to the family, friends, teammates, etc. Leave complaints about "kids these days" to the wankers at DD.

(I'm not directing this at you, piyachi -- in fact, I agree that the speculation is in poor taste, to say the least.)

step30044
04-03-2010, 12:58 PM
We have no idea that alcohol had anything to do with it, so kindly keep that sort of stuff to yourself.

I agree!!

NDisNCin2010
04-03-2010, 12:59 PM
By Brian McLaughlin
Sporting News

Alex Welch didn't meet Matt James on a recruiting trip, he'd known James since their elementary school days. They played basketball against each other as far back as second grade.

James, a Notre Dame signee, lost his life Friday night when he fell off a balcony at a hotel in Panama City, Fla. He had just arrived for spring break at the popular beach.

James was one of first-year coach Brian Kelly's top recruits in the class of 2010. He was an offensive lineman who may have played a key role as early as this fall.

Both Welch, a Notre Dame tight end signee, and James played their high school football in Cincinnati. James played at St. Xavier, while Welch played at Elder.

"I think right now, most of us are in shock," Welch told Sporting News Today. "I still can not believe this has happened. We will definitely have him in our prayers and remember him always as one of us, in the class of 2010.

"I started to get to know Matt a little better in high school. From the little time I was around him I realized how nice of a kid he was. He was definitely a quiet kid, but so thankful for what God had blessed him with."

Derek Roback, a Notre Dame signee out of Waverly (Ohio), had gotten to know James more recently. He said he'd enjoyed getting to know the lineman and his high school teammate and good friend--Notre Dame QB signee Luke Massa.

"He's just a great kid," Roback told Sporting News Today. "He was funny and great to be around. He seemed to me to be just a great person, a gentle giant like other people have called him. I didn't know him that well, but I'm still torn up inside just thinking about it. I can't get it off my mind. I can't imagine how Luke feels right now. I feel so bad for them and their families and for St. X."

Roback said he and his future 2010 classmates are already thinking about how to recognize their fallen teammate.

"Last night I talked to (Notre Dame QB recruit) Andrew Hendrix about how we'll be our brother's keepers from now on," Roback said. "We're going to do something and keep fighting for his memory. It'll make us stronger in the long run because we're going to be fighting for him. We are like a family. He'll always be Irish."

step30044
04-03-2010, 01:00 PM
More to the point, even if it did, who gives a shit? There is only one appropriate response right now, and that is expression of condolences to the family, friends, teammates, etc. Leave complaints about "kids these days" to the wankers at DD.

(I'm not directing this at you, piyachi -- in fact, I agree that the speculation is in poor taste, to say the least.)

Thank you my thoughts exactly........

SpanishElite
04-03-2010, 05:29 PM
Prayers to his family and friends.

"The incident happened around 6:30pm Friday at a Days Inn in Panama City. Witnesses tell our sister station WJHG that James was involved in an argument with someone on another balcony when James fell. He died instantly."

http://www.wndu.com/hometop/headlines/89816527.html

piyachi
04-03-2010, 05:41 PM
More to the point, even if it did, who gives a shit? There is only one appropriate response right now, and that is expression of condolences to the family, friends, teammates, etc. Leave complaints about "kids these days" to the wankers at DD.

(I'm not directing this at you, piyachi -- in fact, I agree that the speculation is in poor taste, to say the least.)

Completely agree, just a sad, sad thing to happen. I hope something good can come of it ultimately - that people do something good in his memory.

SpanishElite
04-03-2010, 05:42 PM
this is from the ESPN article:

"The mother of St. Xavier quarterback and fellow Notre Dame recruit Luke Massa said she heard James was pretending he was going to fall and lost his balance.

'It was an accidental fall. Nobody pushed him, there wasn't anything like that,' Mary Massa said."

Terribly sad ordeal. My little brother is heading down for Spring Break tomorrow and we showed him this story this morning as a reality check for what can happen. My thoughts and prayers are with the James family.