January 26, 2009

James gets a look

When someone stands 6-foot-7, 290-pounds with good strength and footwork, you can bet college recruiters are going to take notice.

Just ask North Gwinnett'sJawuan James.

Last year North Gwinnett opened its season against possibly Byrnes (S.C.) High School out of South Carolina which boasted two big-time prospects on the defensive line.

But thanks to a solid effort from James, the two were held in check. Apparently, James was being watched.

Thus far, James has received two offers so far, from Florida International and Central Florida. While he is certain to receive more, the knowledge that he already has the chance to play college football is a dream come true for the Suwanee native.

"It feels great, I never thought about the possibility of playing it as a kid. I actually never followed football at all, and I didn't start playing till the eighth grade."

James certainly wouldn't mind hearing from the homestate Georgia Bulldogs who will get their first up-close look at the player during Junior Day in Athens this weekend.

"I am still learning to play the position. I am now 6-foot-7, 290-pounds, and I currently bench my weight," James said. "I will be attending the Junior Day at Georgia, and I hope to learn a lot about the program."

Georgia is not the only big-time program showing interest.

"Coach (Stacy) Searels is really interested, but Alabama is showing the most interest in me," James said. "I currently like Alabama, Georgia, Central Florida, Florida, Boise State, and Clemson."

Whatever decision James makes, his family will play a large role.

"They are happy and proud of me working just as hard in the classroom as on the field," James said. "They remind me that I have to stay humble. I plan to wait and discuss all my offers with the family."

James said he would like to make his decision sooner than later.

"I want to get it out of the way before my senior season or at worst midseason, so I can focus on working out and my academics," he said.



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