On a breezy and cold Saturday morning in Los Angeles, Jordon James put on a display showing a variety of moves and athletic ability. James measured in at 5-9 and 187-pounds and looked every bit and closer to 200-pounds.
He carries the weight incredibly well and has a very solid build that allows him to run inside or outside. In the one-on-one drills he did not drop a ball (around 15-plus repetitions) and not one linebacker had any kind of answer for any of the routes that he ran.
Blessed with incredibly fast and quick feet, James picks them up and puts them back down as about as fast as any running back I have seen this year. James is the kind of player that you want on your team both on and off the field. He has the Gators high right now and will make a visit to Florida with teammate corner/safety Demetrius Wright over the summer.
"It's going great," he said. "It's heated up a lot, a lot more than I expected after getting hurt last season in my fifth game so I am very excited. Last year, I was very frustrated kind of depressed because I wasn't able to be on the field with my teammates. We are going through spring ball right now and have a few practices left and we are all working very hard and I am just real excited to get back on the football field. I am ready for the season to start."
James offered his opinion on what he brings to the table.
"I bring speed to the game. My vision is the strength of my game. I have great change of direction and have great acceleration but I can run inside or outside with power I am not just a speed back."
James will visit Florida later this summer with his father and teammate Demetrius Wright.
"I am definitely excited to see what the University of Florida campus is like. I am looking forward to meeting and hanging out with the Florida coaches. I have been talking to Coach Kenny Carter and he is a real cool and down to earth kind of guy so I am looking forward to hanging out with him when I am down there with my dad. I will be going down there near the end of July and I am looking forward to seeing what the Gators have to offer."
The spread is the kind of offense that skill players love to play in and James is no different.
"That's good because that's what I want to do. I want to get the ball in space and let my natural ability take over. I love to get the ball in space and do what I do. I have watched Percy Harvin, Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey on YouTube and I think I can do the same things those guys do."
The Gators aren't the only team that have talked to James as two teams on the West Coast are going to make a serious push for his services.
"Talked to Norm Chow yesterday and he was real excited about getting me on campus and I spoke with Arizona yesterday they are looking to get me on campus as well. Those schools plus Florida and Notre Dame are recruiting me the most right now."
Brandon Huffman - West Coast Recruiting Expert on Jordon James
James is a special player. He's fast, he's shifty, he's tough, he's got great vision and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. It's exciting to see how good he'll look over an entire season, since he missed much of his junior year. He's one of the fastest football players, but he's not a speed guy playing football, he's a football player who sprints. Can run between the tackles but also do plenty on the outside.
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