James taking it slow

James taking it slow

Tony James has a handful of big offers, and while he admits he won't start seriously thinking through them until next summer, he doesn't hesitate to name some favorites. Get the latest from the 2014 running back right here.

Tony James has offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, UCLA, Georgia Tech, and more. He said there isn't too much new news with his recruitment except one school that's been showing interest – and it's one he likes a lot.

"I talked to Oregon, they asked for my transcript," he said.

"I pray to God it's Oregon (that offers next)."

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound running back says the Oregon offense is perfect for his style of play.

"It's a speed offense, that's basically it. It fits me."

James and his Gainesville team remain undefeated and are two wins away from a state championship. Needless to say, he's focused on that more than his recruitment right now. Most likely, it will be summertime when he starts taking a harder look at schools.

"After the football season is over, I'm going straight to track, so I'll probably take a deeper look into my offers in the summer," he said.

"My favorite right now – Florida, Florida State, Miami."

He quickly added a fourth to that list – Ohio State.

"I like Urban, he's a cool guy, I talked to him on the phone," he said.

"The last time I talked to Urban was when he told me I had an offer, since then, I've been watching what they've been doing at Ohio State, it's been pretty impressive."

Right now, James gives the Gators the slight edge, simply because it's so close to home and he's been able to get to know the coaches and program very closely. Last week, in Gainesville's win over Armwood, James had 123-yards on the ground and one touchdown. Former Armwood running back and current Gator freshman Matt Jones watched the game and spoke to James briefly after.

"He said ‘good game, nice running.' I felt kind of proud about that," James said.

James has seen great improvement in his game over the last season and he's hoping it'll end in a state title win for Gainesville.

"I'm definitely faster, I can read the hole better, I'm stronger, more elusive, all of that."

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