September 15, 2010

Huge MS lineman visits UA

Long Beach (MS) defensive tackle Nick James made a big splash during his sophomore season by dominating his competition with his massive 6-foot-5, 330-pound frame. During the offseason, James has continued to build his strength as well as his reputation among college coaches and now James is hoping to continue that building process with a strong junior season.

"Defensively, we are doing really well and now our offense is finally starting to kick in too," James said. "Individually, I'm trying to do my best to dominate the guy across from me, which is usually a tackle right now. I need to get into a little bit better shape so I can become a better pass rusher as well but right now I'm just eating up blocks and trying to do it well."

After bulking up in the offseason, James is looking to drop some weight and add speed to make him an even more effective and well-rounded defensive lineman.

"I'm at 340 right now. I was at 350 at my biggest but I'm trying to get down to about 320. I think that should give me a little more speed and burst off the line."

While James remains focused on his current season at Long Beach, this weekend he spent some time in Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit to Alabama to watch the Crimson Tide's big win over Penn State.

"The coaches showed me around the football building and the campus a little and I got to meet some of the players. The defensive players at Alabama are all really close, they are like brothers. The program is just outstanding in every way, the facilities, the school, the atmosphere, everything. The attitude of everybody from the coaches to the faculty to the fans is positive. The football team is a special part of that community and everyone loves it. You won't meet anybody in Tuscaloosa that doesn't love football."

"I think Alabama really sees me as a nose guard in that three-man front. If I can keep my speed up and stay in shape, they will also use me as a defensive end in some situations too."

The Alabama coaching staff has helped establish a strong connection with James early on in the process.

"I really don't want to call anyone a favorite but so far I think I have the best relationships with the coaches at Tennessee and Alabama. The guys at Tennessee have been very impressive to me as far as their knowledge of coaching and their record of developing guys for the next level. The Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis is fantastic. The players that play for him almost seem to look up to him like a father. They love playing for him and they really work hard for him."

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