The 6-foot-2, 245-pound prospect set the goal of playing on the varsity team as a junior, and spent most of his time outside of the classroom working to attain that goal.
"It started in the off-season; I worked hard to get where I got, since I hadn't been on varsity the year before. I worked out every day at lunch; five sets of twenty reps on the bench, tricep dips, curls with a 35-pound on the bar, and five sets of twenty on incline. I ran every morning, and then we had practice after school," he said.
James, who says he's both stronger and faster with his junior year under his belt, is hearing from a few college programs and believes he'll end up as a linebacker at the next level.
"I'm tall, but I'm not as stout as a defensive lineman, so I think I'll be playing linebacker. Recruiting has been great. I went to Texas State Junior Day. Arkansas came by the school, and I was supposed to go to UTSA Junior Day, though I wasn't able to make it," he said.
The athlete enjoyed his time in San Marcos exploring the Bobcats' program.
"We got to walk around the college, look at the dorms and the facilities. It was nice," he said.
"I grew up in New York, and I really like the program at Syracuse. I grew up watching LSU play, and I like them, too," he said.
For more, check out his junior highlights.