James impressed with Miami offense

Mike James is widely considered one of the best running back prospects in the state of Florida this season and the four-star from Ridge Community High in Polk County talked to Scout.com about all the latest.

"We started the season 2-0 and then had our bye week last week," Mike James said. "We got Bartow this week and I'm real excited to get back out there. We have some big games coming up down the stretch but we're focusing on taking things one game at a time and it all starts with Bartow this week."

James, 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds, has carried the ball 39 times for a total of 223 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. He's also added 53 yards receiving. That's not good enough, James says.

"We're 2-0 and that's the most important part," he said. "But I haven't really gotten going yet this season. We started running the spread (offense) this season and it wasn't working out too well so we went back to running Iso's and stuff. Last game our starting quarterback went down. He's back though and our offense should be back on track this week."

James made a summer commitment to the University of Miami and remains committed to the Hurricanes. He paid close attention to the game against Texas A&M last Saturday.

"Me and my mom watched it on TV," he said. "It was awesome. The offense looked real explosive and that's all you can ask for. The receivers were making big plays, the offensive line was opening up some nice holes. The only thing is that we weren't tackling real well. I wanna see them be the best at everything they do and they just gotta keep working hard on that."

James said he noticed the missed tackles and credits that to his way of watching games.

"It's weird," he said. "Whenever I watch football games on TV, I notice mistakes pretty easily. That's just what I do. If a running back misses a read or a lineman misses a block, I'll notice those things. On the long touchdown that got called back because the receiver moved early, I saw him moving. It's just little things like that that Miami needs to clean up but they looked good and I was real happy to see that."

Despite his commitment to Miami, James said he's still being actively recruited by a couple other schools.

"Coaches from USF and Louisville still call me," he said. "They just check up on me, see how I'm doing."

There were reports last week that quoted James as saying he was a bit concerned for the lack of contact he was having with the Miami coaches. He was asked about that comment.

"That wasn't a big deal," he said. "It's just that I was hearing so much from these other schools that I was wondering to myself, 'why isn't it like it used to be with UM' and then I started talking to Coach Hurtt and I started to realize that we're in the middle of the season now and it's not the same. But they're calling, I call them. Everything's cool with that."

James said he has not yet scheduled any official visits.

"The only one I know I'll take for sure is Miami," he said. "I'm not sure about the others."

James, a four-star prospect, is one of two running back commitments for Miami -- joining five-star Bryce Brown. With five-star Lamar Miller still in the mix, James talked about that.

"I think it's great," he said. "I know Lamar Miller is a great player. I've seen his film on Scout. He actually came to Lakeland and played last year and is coming again in a couple weeks. Me and him both ran for 100 yards against Lakeland last year so I know that would just mean more competition for us. But that's what Miami is all about. We all wanna be the best and having competition like that will be good for us. For me, I'm graduating in December so I'll be able to get in there for the spring practices and get a head start on what I need to be doing."

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