On the Verge

On the Verge

"Tulane told my dad they are going to offer me," said Florida defensive end C.J. James, who still solidly favors Oregon. "I'm also getting a lot of mail and invitations to games from Kansas State, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, South Florida, North Carolina, Auburn, Kentucky and others." James admits that if his official visit to Oregon goes well there's a good chance that he'll commit.

C.J. James, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end/linebacker from Colonial High School in Orlando, Fla., still only has one confirmed scholarship offer from Oregon, but says that several others are also recruiting him hard.

"Tulane told my dad they are going to offer me," James said. "I'm also getting a lot of mail and invitations to games from Kansas State, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, South Florida, North Carolina, Auburn, Kentucky and others."

James still favors Oregon solidly over Tulane, Miami, Florida Atlantic and Kentucky. He's scheduled to visit the Ducks on Sept. 19 for the Boise State game.

"Oregon has already offered and they seem really interested," James said. "It sounds like a great place and they told me they like my size and that I'm Pac-10 material. They think that I can fit in with their defense and they like that I can really move.

"They also really stress education, which is important because my mom is a teacher and my dad is a coach," he said. "I want to major in business and their business school is run by Nike so there are a lot of opportunities there."

James admits that if his official visit goes well there's a good chance that he'll commit. "If I feel comfortable and love the atmosphere there, then I'll definitely commit," he said. "I won't second guess anything and I already told my parents that may happen."

If he doesn't commit to the Ducks, James says he'd like to take an official visit to Kentucky. "I'd love to see a game there," he said. "They are in the SEC and send guys to the NFL a lot. They look pretty good this year too."

James doesn't plan to drag out the recruiting process too long either way because he will be graduating in December and plans to be ready to participate in spring practice. "I'll definitely make my decision before December," he said.

Last season James played for Olympia High School in Orlando, but transferred to Colonial in August. He had a great debut for his new team earning 15 tackles, two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery in a 19-7 victory over Cypress Creek High School.

"Right now I'm just trying to get situated at Colonial and play my best," he said. "Last year I didn't play a lot because we had a heavy senior overload so not a lot of people saw me play. After a few games I'll put a tape together and see if any other schools offer."

James is ranked as the No. 111 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, and says he wants to major in business. He reports a 2.9 core GPA and a 17 ACT, which he plans to retake.

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