What he ended up seeing was a classic Wisconsin rushing attack which gave him an opportunity to see how he may fit it.
"I mean, it's what they do every year," he said. "They do this on a daily basis. They had two running backs over 100 yards and that's a big part of their offense."
James had been to Camp Randall before but he says the decibel level eclipsed what he had experienced before.
"The atmosphere was great. It was my third time up and it just gets louder and louder. The fans were screaming '2014 class, and the jump around and they really rolled out the red carpet for us."
The Badgers have made an impression but still must battle a couple schools.
"I don't really want to say I have a leader, if I had a school that was a leader, that's probably where I'd be committed to but Wisconsin has made a push. I'm probably cutting it down to them, Pittsburgh and Michigan State."
James will see the Panthers next as reaches a key stretch in his recruitment.
"I'm probably going up to Pittsburgh this weekend and I'm coming up for an official and after that I should have a good notion of where I think I'm going. I'm going to talk it over with my coaches and my parents and try to kind of wrap this whole thing up."
And when will a decision come?
"We'll see. I'm not trying to stretch things out for too long. I don't want to keep my team distracted."