The recruiting process is just getting underway for junior defensive back Craig James of Edwardsville (Ill.), but for him football goes way back.
"When I lived in Springfield, I wanted to play football," James said. "But there it didn't work out too well, so when we moved to Edwardsville and started playing football in Collinsville."
And he found his ideal fit on the field pretty quickly.
"I just always played defensive back," James said. "I knew I wanted to play defensive back in college because I love defense more than offense."
There are plenty of reasons why James prefers defense.
"To me, I feel as though on defense you have the best of both worlds," James said. "You have the opportunity to tackle people and also the opportunity to get the ball, whether its on an interception or a fumble recovery."
And that is reflected by his style of play on the field.
"My style of play is just kind of natural I guess," James said. "I have been playing defensive back ever since I was about ten years old."
At this point, schools are beginning to take notice of the Edwardsville standout.
"Recruiting right now is going kind of slowly, but I think it is starting to pick up," James said.
"I was very excited and overwhelmed when coach Ford told me they were giving me a scholarship," James said.
As the recruiting process goes forward, James has an idea of what he is looking for.
"It really doesn't matter what type of defense a college runs," James said. "Just as long as I am on the defensive side of the ball, I am okay."
He added, "I would be interested in any university that is interested in me."