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    Matt James  
    Matt James

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Cincinnati, OH

    High School:
    St. Xavier

    Height / Weight:
    6-7 / 291

    Position:
    Offensive Lineman


    Signed national letter of intent to attend Notre Dame on Feb. 3, 2010 ... died April 2, 2010, after falling from a fifth-floor balcony at a hotel in Panama City, Fla., during a spring break trip.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: USA Today first-team prep All-America offensive lineman . . . named to EA Sports second-team All-America squad ... ranked 86th nationally on USA Today/Rivals.com list of top 100 prep players . . . listed 60th nationally on MaxPreps Top 100 and a second-team MaxPreps All-American . . . listed 99th nationally on The Kickoff Top 120 . . . first-team Ohio Division I all-state pick in 2009 . . . three-year offensive line starter at right tackle for St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio . . . named to Cincinnati Enquirer first-team Division I Football All-Stars for 2009 . . . recipient of the Anthony Munoz Offensive Lineman of the Year Award presented by the National Football Foundation Greater Cincinnati Chapter ... earned all-league honors in 2009 and 2008 while helping St. Xavier to '09 Cincinnati Greater Catholic League South title . . . ranked as 12th best player on 2009 Detroit Free-Press Best of the Midwest team . . . a SuperPrep All-American who was listed 78th nationally on Offense-Defense Top 250, 91st on Scout.com Top 300 list and 87th on SI.com/TAKKLE Top 200 . . . helped St. Xavier to final number-four ranking in Associated Press poll to end 2009 regular season - and 9-3 final record following regional semifinal playoff loss to Elder in 2009 Ohio Division I playoffs . . . played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio . . . helped St. Xavier to Ohio Division I state title and 15-0 record as sophomore starter in 2007 . . . led way for St. Xavier running backs to earn first-team all-league honors in 2007, 2008 and 2009 . . . also plays basketball at St. Xavier . . . from same high school that produced 2001 Irish captain and current Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Rocky Boiman . . . played for coach Steve Specht at St. Xavier . . . born April 9, 1992 . . . son of Jerry and Peggy James.

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