Auburn, Ala--Wednesday is an important day in the life of junior college defensive end Paul James as the All-American will sign with the Auburn Tigers and continue his football playing days on the Plains. One of the top pass rushers in the junior college ranks, James arrived at Auburn earlier this week and said he’s ready to get things started.
“It’s a very exciting time,” James said. “I’m just happy to be with the guys and just see how things work outside of the recruiting process.”
A 6-3, 260-pounder with quickness off the edge and the ability to play on the edge as a true defensive end or a hybrid position, James said for him the opportunity to play early for the Tigers is one of the things that sold him on the program.
“It’s very big for me,” James said. “With (Will) Muschamp leaving it has also given me the urge to step up even more.”
That starts early for James as he may suit up in practice as early as Wednesday afternoon. Able to practice while the Tigers are on campus he said if that’s the case and he gets cleared it would be big for him and his chances of making an immediate impact on the Auburn defensive line.
“Whenever I get the go ahead I’m going to put on the pads,” James said. “That’s very big for me because being a part of the defense I can get ahead on the playbook and things like that.”
James is one of what could be six players to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday joining quarterback John Franklin, running back Malik Miller and Landon Rice. Also expected to sign is wide receiver Kyle Davis with four-star defensive lineman Marlon Davidson making his final decision between Auburn, Alabama and Georgia.