James Works Out On Defensive Line

Williamson middle linebacker Barry James talks about his camp experience at Auburn as well as the recruiting process.

Mobile, Ala.—At 6-1, 250 pounds, Williamson High School prospect Barry James is one of the bigger middle linebackers you'll see in high school or college. At the Auburn Senior Football Camp, James gave it a shot with his hand on the ground working with Tracy Rocker seeing if defensive tackle may also be a good fit.

"This was my first time to play D-line," James tells Inside he Auburn Tigers. "I learned a little bit. I know how to get the linemen off of me now when I'm playing linebacker."

James says he prefers linebacker, but wouldn't be opposed to playing in the trenches.

"I might play it if my coach throws me down there," he says. "Colleges want to see if I can play D-line too. I want to play linebacker because all I know is linebacker. If I have to play D-line and that's what it is, then I'll play it."

As far as picking a college, James says he's taking the recruiting process slowly.

"I don't have any top schools," he notes. "It's wide open. I'm having a good time with it. I've got Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida State, South Alabama, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon and South Carolina recruiting me. I've got six offers now."

James ran a solid time in the 40-yard dash despite running on the slow, spongy surface of Auburn's artificial turf and battling a hamstring.

"I started pulling in the 40, so I didn't run it anymore," James says. "I ran a 4.8 when I pulled."

As far as getting ready for the 2009 season, James and his Williamson High teammates have had interesting training this summer.

"We work out five times a week trying to get it," he says. "We run 12 110s(yards), we hit the weight room hard.

"JaMarcus Russell brought a couple of his receivers down from Oakland," James continues. "That gives us a pretty good look there. We did pretty against them though. Louis Murphy and a few other receivers. Tee Martin, JaMarcus Russell have been out there. There were a lot of folks. People just started popping up. It's fun though."

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