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Commitment Status:Signed LOI

Matt James

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Offensive tackle
Cincinnati, Ohio
St. Xavier
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  • Ht:6'8"
  • Wt:290 lbs
  • 40:5.2 secs
  • Bench Max:305
  • Squat Max:445
  • GPA:3.5
  • Class:2010 (High School)
AMP: Matt James signs with Notre Dame11 videos available »

College Choices

School Interest Offer Visit Recruited by
Notre DameCOMMITTED (02/03/2010)01/29/2010Ed Warinner
Boston Coll.NoneNone
FloridaNoneNoneSteve Addazio
N. CarolinaNoneNone
N.C. StateNoneNone
Ohio St.None12/11/2009
Penn St.NoneNone

Scouting Report on Matt James

How we scouted: Film footage, In-person visits, Game settingby Barry Every - 09/30/2009
  • SpeedDivision I Player
  • SizeAs Good As It Gets
  • StrengthBlue Chip
  • AgilityDivision I Player
  • Foot QuicknessDivision I Player
On the Hoof: A massive offensive lineman with average arm length and thick build. James resembles a slightly thicker Matt Khalil of USC.
Needs improvement: James needs to improve how quickly he gets out of his stance and his hand placement on pass protection versus shorter, faster defensive linemen. James must also resist lunging out and attacking while pass blocking.
Most impressive: James is one huge run-blocking machine that just mauls defenders using his size and surprisingly athletic footwork. James also has a nasty streak and does not mind using physical intimidation as a method of inflicting his will on opponents.
Conclusion: Linemen this big and athletic do not grow on trees, so he should get a chance to compete for a spot on the two-deep as a freshman. Look for him to be a solid three-year starter with serious NFL potential barring an injury.

Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for He has worked in the recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina

Latest News

James Killed In Fall04/03/2010

Tragedy struck St. Xavier high schoolon Friday as news broke that senior Matt James, a Notre Dame-bound recruit, died after falling from a third story balcony of his Days Inn Motel in Panama City.

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