December 28, 2010

James ready to focus on recruiting

Long Beach (MS) defensive tackle Nick James is beginning to focus on his recruitment after the conclusion of his junior season.

"Recruiting is going well," James said. "My coach has told me a few coaches have come by to check on me since the season ended. I'm pretty sure Ole Miss and LSU have come down."

The 2012 prospect expects his recruitment to pick up in the coming weeks.

"I'm going to the Under Armor in Orlando on January 2," said James. "I've been running a lot and I expect more programs to be after me after the combine. I'm also playing basketball at church to help improve my feet.

"I hope to go to some junior days. There's a junior day at Southern Miss that I might attend. I've been looking forward to getting back to Alabama, as well. At this point, I'm not too sure which ones I'm going to get to."

With the new NCAA rule that prohibits teams from sending out written offers to prospects until August 1 prior to their senior year, James is somewhat unsure of his offers to this point.

"I thought I had an offer from Alabama, but I'm not too sure about that right now," said James. "Auburn, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State are some of the other teams that have offered. You could say I'm pretty open right now."

James attended several SEC games throughout the season and came away impressed with what he saw.

"I went to the Alabama-Penn State, Alabama- Florida, and Alabama-LSU games," James noted. "I liked how the Alabama fans were involved before the game. I was impressed by the fan support as the team walked to the stadium. LSU was my favorite team growing up. With LSU, it's just the people. I also like the way their team and defense plays. I like how they get after it."

With his 6'5, 335 pound frame, James is considered by many to be an ideal fit as a nose guard in a 3-4 defense.

"Coaches that have come by the school have said that with my size, I'd be a great zero-technique nose guard," said James. "I move very well, so I could play at other defensive tackle spots, but I'll be good with wherever the coaches play me. This season I worked on things like my pass rush and getting off of cut blocks. I worked very hard at that and was pretty proud of myself."

James, who figures to be one of the top prospects from Mississippi in the 2012 cycle, helped his Long Beach High team to a 10-2 mark on the season.

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