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Juco Standout Paul James III Is Close To A Decision Following Auburn Visit

Big-time defensive lineman Paul James III talks about visit for the Auburn-Ole Miss game, his plans for a return, and a possible decision.

Wesson, Miss.--One of the top junior college pass rushers in the country made his first visit to Auburn on Saturday and plans to return in two weeks for his official visit to see the Tigers take on the Georgia Bulldogs. A 6-4, 255-pounder with great speed off the edge, Paul James III out of Copiah-Lincoln enjoyed his first look at Auburn and said when he comes back it could be the end of recruiting for him.

“My mind has been changed,” James said following his trip to the Plains. “I’m very interested in Auburn. I’m looking forward to my visit. I’m pretty pumped.

“I’m going to commit,” he added. “That’s my plan.”

With offers from the Tigers as well as Mississippi State after a monster sophomore season at Copiah-Lincoln, the Illinois transfer had a chance to see Auburn’s defense in action on Saturday against Ole Miss. Watching as Carl Lawson’s impact was felt in his return to the lineup, James said he saw some things to build on and also the chance to come in and play right away.

“They pretty much play as a team,” James said. “They pretty much kept their composure. That’s what I really liked.

“I just feel like they need the extra help. I see how much time they give the quarterback and it’s not acceptable in my book. I’m willing to bring that to my team.”

Something that works in Auburn’s favor for the former Miami-Norland product is having his cousin playing a key role for the Tigers. One of the best defensive players for Will Muschamp currently, freshman cornerback Carlton Davis looks like a future star for the Tigers and James said that’s something exciting to think about.

“That’s very big,” James said. “That’s something I can rely on when I’m going through hard times or don’t know something he can pretty much show me around rather than going somewhere I don’t know anyone. That would be a good thing for brothers to be back together.”

With a return trip scheduled and strongly favoring the Tigers, James said for him the next visit will be an important one for him to get a full look at what Auburn is all about. Based on his initial look the Tigers are in good shape.

“I haven’t seen much,” James said. “It’s just the way they treat me, they treat me like family already. I love that. I mainly want to focus on my education so that’s what I want to focus on when I come back.”

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