Texas DB Gives Duke High Marks

After making the trip to Duke followed by an official visit to Tulsa over the weekend, Texas defensive back Randez James can see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. However, he may want to make one more trip before offering a commitment.

"Over the last two weeks I took official visits to Duke and then Tulsa," says Converse Judson High (Tex.) standout Randez James. "Both were good trips, and both schools are great in their own way."

James, a 5-foot-10 178 pound defensive back with a 4.39 recorded time in the forty, visited Duke on December 2nd. After returning home to Texas, he then made the trip to Tulsa last weekend. Both visists were in an effort to make a decision by the end of December. However, those plans may be changing.

"I was trying to have it done by December 28th - which was my mother's birthday. That is still my goal, but I also wanted to visit Purdue if I can. They want me to come visit in January, so I'm looking at that."

When asked to compare the two visits he's already taken, James spoke highly of the Duke presentation, while apparently wanting a bit more from the Golden Hurricanes.

"Duke really put on a show for me. They couldn't have done any better. I know they had a rough season, but that's because they are really young. Once those players get older, they are going to be a different team. The campus is beautiful, and big - but not too big."

"When I went to Tulsa, I didn't really get a chance to talk to the coaches. They had other things to do with the bowl coming up. The campus was nice, but it was really cold. Almost too cold."

After earning offers from the Blue Devils, Golden Hurricane, Boilermakers, as well as Arizona - James heard from a number of programs from the Central portion of the country as well as some smaller programs in Texas. All of whom recruited him as a defensive back.

"I can play corner or even safety. I like to hit hard and I play aggressive when I am out there. I think I could help any of the schools I'm considering at those positions."

James' mother, who passed away early in his life, always stressed academics to her son, and the message resinates with him in everything he looks at with these official visits.

"Me finishing school and getting the best education was always important to her. I want to do that, which is why academics will be the biggest factor in my decision. I will look at that first, then football."

James has not been evaluated by the Scout.com rating staff at this point. Judson finished 6-4 on the season.

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