Corona (Calif.) defensive tackle Drew James (6-2, 285), is still patiently waiting for his first offer, but dialogue is picking up with a number of schools.
“I’ve been hearing from Idaho, Fresno State, San Jose State, Weber State and Sacramento State,” said James. “I think that Sacramento State and Idaho are looking to offer and maybe Weber State, they have a new coach. So I’m just waiting.”
James can play either spot on the defensive line, but said that most schools prefer him inside.
“I think they’re looking at me as a defensive tackle and that’s what I want to play,” said James. “Right now, we’re still just talking and I’m playing the waiting game.”
A coaching change at Corona has also delayed some of the interest in James, but he’s been diligent on his end.
“I’ve sent my film out to a lot of schools and now I’m just waiting,” said James. “Idaho came by and Weber State came by during the season.”
James’ older brother, Jordon, plays at UCLA, and he had been talking with the Bruins about a potential walk-on spot.
“UCLA was saying that I could walk-on when Coach Neuheisel was there, but I haven’t really talked with the new staff,” said James.
Academically, James is in fine shape, with a 3.3 GPA and qualifying scores in both the SAT and the ACT.
“There are a couple of schools that like me but I’m trying to get into that D-I spot,” said James. “I just haven’t had that school yet take that chance on offering me.”