Focus 2014: RB Raekwon James

'14 RB Raekwon James from John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.) talks about multiple topics with FoxSportsNEXT/ He has two classmates (Terrence Alexander and Malachi Dupre) with SEC offers. Has anyone offered James? How has his offseason progressed (James bench-pressed 365 lbs. at the Patriots' lift-a-thon)?

Raekwon James staked John Curtis to an early lead that the Patriots would never relinquish in last year's Class 2A state title win over Winnfield.

James scored twice and was named MVP following his team's 33-3 win.

He's not getting any interest from colleges yet, though.

"Not at all," answered James, when asked if he's heard from any college recruiters. "I haven't really known about any camps. Duke (teammate Duke Riley) said don't worry because he wasn't hearing from anybody at this time last year."

Riley, a three-star '13 LB, has numerous offers now.

James says that his skill set might translate better to the west coast or ACC than the SEC.

"I'm not sure coaches in the SEC will see me as their type of player as much as the Pac-12 or schools in the east because of my size," said James (5-9, 175). "But I can see myself in the SEC. I just need to gain weight. I'm getting a lot stronger. I maxed at 365 pounds in our lift-a-thon."

James credits his coaches, particularly Tommy Fabacher, for his uncanny strength.

"It's the coaches," he said. "Coach Fabacher writes what we're supposed to do on the board, and we do it. You have to come ready to work out, or he'll have choice words for you."

James said spring training was not a piece of cake in terms of facing his teammates' first-string defense.

"It was rough at times going up against our defense," he said. "I should have broke more runs in the spring game (Blue vs. White intersquad scrimmage), but I had a couple of nice runs."

He was a starting guard on the first-ever state championship hoops team in John Curtis history this year.

"It didn't hit me until the bus ride home that this was the first state title for Curtis in basketball," said James. "It made me feel good inside."

John Curtis faces Tampa (FL) Plant, the Sunshine State's 2011 Class 8A state champ, on September 7th. Plant was No. 14 in the nation in the final Scout Top 50.

"That's really all that's on my mind," said James. "We need to go work hard and do what we're supposed to do."

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