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Posted Jul 2, 2008


C.J. James says Oregon is his top choice because they've offered and he favors the Ducks slightly over Auburn, Miami, South Florida and Georgia. "I really like (Oregon defensive line) coach Michael Gray," James said. "I've talked to him a lot and he seems real cool. He says that I'd be able to play early and that I'd be a perfect fit for their defense. They offered me off of my film, so they..."

C.J. James is the 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end/linebacker from Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla., who finished his junior season (8-3) with 65 tackles and three sacks.

"I have great hands and good speed," James said. "People can't block me and I've got good technique. I'm like a dog out there. I do whatever it takes to get the job done.

He says he can bench press 320-pounds and squats 475.

"I need to work on keeping my pad level lower," James admitted. "I also want to improve my lateral movement and be able to change directions faster."

Christian Jarrett James attended a camp at Miami last month and plans to attend the South Florida camp on July 12. He admits that growing up, the 'Canes were his favorite team.

"My dad and brother both watched Miami and I got into them too," he said. "They have a great winning tradition and I like how coach Randy Shannon is running a tight ship there. He'll turn it around."

James feels he performed well at the camp, but the 'Canes haven't offered him. "They said they really liked my technique," James said. "We got to do some pass rushing and they showed us some moves and I did well.

"They said they really want to see more of me and that they'll be keeping an eye on me this fall," he said.

Miami is only two and half hours from his home, but he says that distance won't be a factor. That's a good thing since the only school that has offered him thus far is Oregon, which is over 3,000 miles away.

"To me it's all about football," he said. "I don't care about distance or location. Honestly, I think I'd rather get away. It would be nice to get away and see a new horizon and not get distracted by being at home."

James says the Ducks are his top choice because they've offered and he favors Oregon slightly over Auburn, Miami, South Florida and Georgia.

"I really like (Oregon defensive line) coach Michael Gray," he said. "I've talked to him a lot and he seems real cool. He says that I'd be able to play early and that I'd be a perfect fit for their defense. They offered me off of my film, so they must have liked what they saw. He says they need ends that can move."

Although he hasn't scheduled an official visit to Oregon yet, he says he'll definitely take a trip to Eugene in the fall. "I'll go for a visit there during our first bye-week," he said.

Another coach that James says he has a good relationship with is Auburn's defensive end coach Terry Price. "He was at my school during the spring and they said they'd keep in contact with me," he said. "I really like the direction of the program and that they are always sending guys to the pros. They are just a very consistent team."

While James primarily followed Miami as a youngster, he says he also liked Georgia and even lived in Atlanta for a few years. "All my family is from Georgia," he said. "We have a lot of family there and they really like Georgia. My mom likes coach Mark Richt. She thinks he's a good man."

James says he plans to graduate early so that he can be ready for spring football. "My decision can happen anytime from now until December," he said. "But I'd like to see who else offers and take some visits before I decide.

"My decision is going to be based on my playing time and my relationship with the coaches," he said. "I'd love to be able to play early and I want to play for coaches that look after me and that I'll be able to talk to about anything.

"I just want them to be straight up with me and be able to confide in them," he said.

James says he wants to major in business and reports a 2.9 core GPA and a 17 ACT, which he plans to retake.



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