Profile: Tony James
Position: Running Back
Location: Gainesville (Fla.)
Rank: No. 42 RB
Recruiting: James committed to the Ducks over Auburn, Florida, FSU, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Ohio State, UCLA and many others that had offered him a scholarship. He made his official visit to Oregon this past weekend.
What to like: James is a tremendous running back prospect who is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. James has great change of direction, can stop plant his foot and cut on a dime. He is fast with very quick feet and gets to full speed in a hurry once he has made a cut. In fact, I saw him run a sub 4.4 [forty] at the U.S. Army All-American Combine this past January.
Jamies has shown good hands as a receiver out of the backfield and can line up at slot receiver and create speed mismatches versus linebackers. Of course, James is always a threat to score with the ball in his hands.
What may be of concern: James is small at 5-foot-9 and weighs around175-pounds. He certainly needs to continue to add bulk to his frame, especially once he gets to the next level.
Overall analysis: This is why Oregon is Oregon and a national power each and every season. They go out and evaluate the right guys for what they do and then go get them. Here, the pull and land one of the fastest recruits from the Sunshine State.
James is an ideal piece for their future offensive puzzle. He’s exactly what they look for in that offense based on his sheer speed and big play ability alone. But James also has the versatility to line of in a few different spots offensively, most notably at wide receiver and in the slot.
Sure, he’s a tad on the smaller size but there’s no question he could have a nice role in the Duck’s offense and be a very effective player in the Pac 12. The spread attack is an ideal offensive for James, as he should fit right in and be another speedy weapon for the Oregon offense.