Corral Conversations: Chanceller James

Steele Canyon HS ATH Chanceller James (Spring Valley, CA) signed with Boise State last month & (like many others) is eyeing the possibility of early playing time as Boise State looks to reload heading into the 2012 season. James is a versatile athlete who can play at a high level on both sides of the ball, but the coaching staff believes he'll make the greatest impact on Defense..

Steele Canyon HS ATH Chanceller James (Spring Valley, CA) signed with Boise State last month and (like many others) is eyeing the possibility of early playing time as Boise State looks to reload heading into the 2012 season. James is versatile like a number of others in this class as he can play at a high level on both sides of the ball, but the coaching staff believes he'll make the greatest impact at Safety.

"I'm going to play Safety," he said. "Right now, I'm just running track and doing some DB drills on the side," he added.

"Track is going great," he stated. "It obviously helps with my speed, but with my flexibility too. It's keeping me in-shape right now."

"I spoke to Coach K today," said James. "He was just checking in on me and seeing how things are going."

New DBs Coach Jimmy Lake brings an added dimension to the Bronco coaching staff with his experience in the NFL and the future Bronco says he's eager to learn more about his coaching philosophy.

"I've talked to Coach Lake a couple times," he said. "He seems pretty cool, but I won't know about his coaching philosophy until I'm out there on the field. I'm excited to play for him and learn more about his style."

"Watching the DBs out there last year just shows that I'm going to have to step it up," said James. "I'm going to be a 17 year old freshman fighting for a job out there. It's going to be tough, but I'm going to go out there and compete."

He went on to say that the coaching staff will evaluate his abilities during fall camp and will then determine if he'll play as a true freshman or redshirt.

"They said I'll have a chance to play if I go out there, do good, and work hard," he said. "They said the best player is going to play and I'll just redshirt if they don't think I'm ready."

Last month, Signing Day was extra special for Chanceller as his good friend and teammate, Mario Yakoo, also signed with Boise State after being offered late in the recruiting process.

"Our plan has been to play together since sophomore year. It's going to be cool to play with him," he said. "They were looking at Mario earlier and the only reason they didn't offer was because he had committed to UCLA so early. More than anything, it was about Mario playing well, but I talked to the coaches about him and he then sent his film to Boise."

Like Sean Wale, Christopher Santini, Ben Weaver, and others - James (6'2, 198) will arrive in Boise in late June and will enroll in the summer bridge program.

"I'm going up there on June 25th," he said. "It's exciting, but leaving my family for a new place is still tough. I'll have a lot of new things to learn as a freshman."

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Chanceller James.




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