The towering TE made his decision to join Penn State's Class of 2012 early Monday morning. He and…
Film Eval - Jesse James
The first thing that stands out to me about Jesse James as a former tight end is that he protects his quarterback, but not in the way that you may be thinking as you read this. A lot of young tight ends run their routes as drawn up and that's it … James is a worker when he runs his. He does a good job of finding space in between the linebackers and safeties, extending or shortening his routes if he needs to and if the play is broken, he comes back to his quarterback and gives him a huge target at 6-foot-7, 245 pounds. This not only gives his quarterback a big target to hit quickly, but also gives him the safety to dump off in distress. I like the work ethic that you see immediately out of the South Allegheny product. As a pass-catching tight end, James gives you what you want for a player of his size. He catches the ball with his hands away from his body and then quickly protects it and while he lacks breakaway speed, he has a long gallop and eats up yards quickly. He's flexible enough to line up in the slot and also plays outside sometimes, although I don't think he has enough speed to carry that to the college level. James is also a tough runner and isn't easily tackled, something that he'll have to continue improving on by getting stronger in the weight room as yards after contact will be a big part of his game. The biggest drawback I see watching him is that he isn't a gifted athlete. Of course, you don't find many players at that position with the potential to eventually weigh 270 pounds that are going to be extremely fluid either, but it does need to be said. James should be able to add significant weight, learn to be a very effective blocker and be productive in the receiving game for Penn State, something they do need. He mentioned in our interview being used like Brett Brackett and while I don't see him being able to do some of what Brackett can do, I see him being able to provide some more physical elements that Brackett obviously couldn't do as a receiver.
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