Notre Dame Recruit Matt James Killed in Spring Break Fall

| by Off The Record

There is sad news to report today as word spreads of the death of Matt James, a top Notre Dame prospect. James died early this morning in Panama City, Florida after an accidental fall from his third-floor hotel balcony.


James was a senior at Cincinnati’s St. Xavier High School who passed on Ohio State to sign with Notre Dame. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound offensive lineman earned a scouts grade of 80 according to his ESPN U’s college recruiting page.

“James is an athletic offensive lineman that has good foot agility. He is a tall and lean offensive tackle that is a towering player on the field. Leads with his hands in both the run and pass game.”

James was just one week short of his 18th birthday.