Army offer excites Chicago quarterback

William James has played a little bit of everything at Senn High School in Chicago, Ill. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound athlete has two offers at quarterback, most recently from Army, but is also giving interested colleges some film on him at linebacker. It's his goal, however, to play quarterback at the D-1 level and says he's "definitely excited" Army has given him the opportunity to do that.

"Army offering me at quarterback makes me feel like all of the hard work I've put in has paid off," James told ArmySports.com. "For an entire coaching staff to want to offer me at quarterback, who acts like a coach himself on the field, is amazing. It's the position I really want to play in college. I feel like I can do it. I'm very happy to have the offer.

"Last night, Coach Waugh told me that the staff loves the player I am, my mindset and attitude, and think I'll be a successful quarterback. I've been recruited by Army for awhile. I met them this spring. I was at Hales Franciscan last year and three of my teammates signed with Army. We've been in steady conversation ever since. Then Coach Waugh saw me again at a camp at Northwestern over the summer. He invited me to the one-day camp at West Point which I had planned on attending but couldn't make it down there. He told me last night that they think I'd be a good asset to have with my body type. If things don't work out at quarterback, there's other positions I can play.

"I feel like Army has a great program built on tradition. I like that they recruit athletes who are smart people on and off the field. My former teammates Jalen and Kadeem Hemphill, and Demarko Hill, they love it. I just talked to Jalen and Kadeem and I know that they definitely do not regret their decision to go to West Point. I'm setting up an unofficial visit for a game on November 22nd then follow it up with an official visit later on."

James reports his first offer was from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., and interest from Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana, North Dakota, Northwestern, Wyoming, and Youngstown State.

"Some of the schools want to see me on defense," he explained. "One game I played straight linebacker all game, but mostly I just play defense on three or four possessions. I transferred from Hales where I was playing linebacker, some quarterback. It started out bumpy because the head coach was fired, but the new staff is great. The head coach and offensive coordinator are alumni of the school.

"I'm going to wait until after the season to see what other schools come in with an offer. I'd like to make my visits so I know I'll feel comfortable at the school. I also want to know what position they want me to play. I want to find the right situation that I think I'll be the most successful in. I'd love to make the NFL one day, but there's way more to life than football. At a place like West Point, football may be huge there, but the Academy is so much bigger than just football. I like that."

Nicholas Senn High School is located in Chicago's North Side just a few blocks from the shores of Lake Michigan. The Bulldogs have reeled off three straight victories after starting the season 0-2.

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