“We visited Auburn this weekend and he is going to Auburn,” Hagey said. “He liked the small-town atmosphere, he liked the coaches and really liked the players. It just fits him well. He’s excited to be going there and play for the Auburn Tigers.
A former No. 1 center prospect in the country and the No. 52 player overall on Scout, James played both guard and tackle for the Longhorns after redshirting his first season at Texas. Last year he played in six games with two starts, but was looking for a new home after seeking and getting his release from the program.
Getting attention from schools all over the country, James visited Auburn and found what he was looking for. With a need at the offensive tackle position moving forward with Shon Coleman and Avery Young both juniors and signing just one true tackle in the last two classes, the Tigers get a player that should be a major help in 2016.
“That was real important,” Hagey said of the opportunity. “To have a coach like J.B. Grimes, who is one of the best in the country to coach him, and be around those players, NFL-caliber players, was real important. That’s what Darius was looking for.”
Just getting his decision behind him and trying to make the move, James is scheduled to be back in Auburn for the second summer school session, which begins on June 23. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out next year.