RECRUITING: Ely's James Turning Some Heads

When the University of Florida concluded the first session of its summer camp Wednesday, it ended a four-day run through a pack of teams by Pompano Beach (FL) Ely running back Devan James. Ely won the passing league of the twelve teams that participated in the tournament at the camp and James was a big reason. The 5-10, 175 pound running back was a blur for opponents and elusive on the field.

James has feet as quick as you will see on the gridiron. He impressed the Florida coaching staff enough that they are going to be taking some second looks. He showed the ability to make big plays as Ely won the team championship.

"I thought I did good," James said. "I made a lot of good plays for our team. Yes, we won the championship. I think we were 7-2. The running back coach (Stan Drayton) told me he likes my style and that I have lots of natural ability."

Ely faced tough competition for the championship from an unlikely foe. The Gators, a team made up of players that didn't arrive with a full team, gave everyone fits. The Gators were led by All-American linebacker/receiver AJ Jones of Tampa Middleton and defensive back Darin Baldwin of South Dade. James was impressed with the Gators and he was also impressed with Florida's coaching staff.

"The Gator team that played in the championship was the toughest team," he said. "They had AJ Jones and Darin Baldwin. They (Florida) have a great coaching staff. I like all the coaches. They interact with all the players and stuff like that."

While he still doesn't claim any offers, James does get a lot of interest and phone calls.

"Vanderbilt, Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech call the most," he said. No doubt a few are on the verge of offering the young scat back.

Devan James made some moves on the game fields this week that just make you wonder if there are actually bones in his body. He was able to twist and contort away from would be tacklers to turn in some dazzling plays and then shift on the speed when he was by them. The kid has a future home somewhere in big time college football.


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