"He definitely filled me in on the whole situation," James told Badger Nation. "He ended up really selling the school to me."
So when Wisconsin and wide receiver coach Chris Beatty came through with a scholarship offer on Tuesday, James decided he didn't want to wait and became the third member of the Badgers' 2015 recruiting class.
As it turns out, Rushing had told Beatty about James' speed (4.33 40-yard dash), two things that got him intrigued. After building a relationship with James for the last several weeks, Wisconsin felt comfortable enough to offer.
"(George) definitely got me the connection there at Wisconsin," said James. "The coaches really loved me."
The eighth Florida native UW has received a commitment from in the last two recruiting cycles, James committed to the Badgers over offers from Bryant, Cincinnati, Fordham and Temple, not to mention interest from Boston College, Bowling Green, Duke, East Carolina and others, saying he didn't want to wait after what he's seen from the UW brand the last several years.
"Through the years, I have seen Wisconsin emerge as the big school, the top school, amongst other BCS teams," said James. "It really fired me up to get this offer. I wanted to jump right on the Wisconsin train and commit right away."
After averaging over 20 yards per catch last season at Westminster Academy, James is hoping to transfer to Cardinal Gibbons HS (Rushing's former school) next season. Likely taking only one wide receiver in the 2015 recruiting cycle, James has been recruited as a return specialist and could potentially be a slot receiver.
"I would say definitely my speed, my acceleration and my physicality lets me bring a lot of things other guys can't," said James. "I am a little undersized, but I have other assets that put me ahead of other great athletes."