The 6-foot-6, 285 pound offensive tackle out of North Gwinnett met with OL Coach Stacy Searels and that is when he got the news.
"We were watching the power points presentation and Coach Seares came in and called me and my family out. We went out to talk with him and he said Mark Richt is in his office and he has some good news for you."
"We went up to his office and he handed me an envelope, and he said, 'you know what is in there right'?. It was an official scholarship from Georgia. Coach Richt told me that he would like for me to play for him at Georgia because he had heard a lot of good things about me. He knows that I am a good person and he was happy that I went to Junior Day. It was nice talking to him and I am happy about the offer."
Meeting with Coach Richt was nice for James, but he also had a good meeting with the UGA OL coach.
"I ate lunch with Coach Searels and we talked for a good hour. He likes me a lot as a person too and he thinks I can be an outstanding player. He said he thinks I could be outstanding in the SEC and then play on Sundays. I really like Coach Searels and I relate to him well. I get along with him and I think he would be great to play for."
"It feels kind of crazy with the offers coming in this early, but I am gald they are. I might be able to narrow my list down by the spring and then know where I want to go by the summer. Then I can focus on North Gwinnett football and help us win a state championship."
Even with the new offers from the Tigers, Gamecocks, and Bulldogs this week, James is not ready to name a leader. He is just going to take things slow.
"Everyone is even and I am going to look at everyone right now," stated the junior offensive tackle. "I am glad that those three schools offered me, but I am looking at everyone the same right now."
The University of Georgia had James on campus for over seven hours this weekend and they made a strong impression on the new target. He is not ready to name a leader yet, but the Dawgs positioned themselves to be in contention for a long time.
"I think the staff at Georgia is very good and I really like the new stuff that they are building for the future. I like the rectractable roof on their new facilities and they said that would be ready in 2010, so it would be there if I went there. I was surprised by the Georgia offer and I appreciate it."
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.