James Takes in Athens, and Will Return

ATHENS – Somewhat like the rain an hour before Saturday night's game – JuWan James has opened up his recruiting.

Also like the rain, attention is pouring in. Good thing for Georgia James appears to be interested right back. One of the top overall players in Georiga, James had been committed to Alabama for most of the year. But recenetly he backed away from the Tide. He took in Georiga's game Saturday night, and came away wondering where he fits in – possilbly – in the future Bulldog offensive line.

"I was looking at where I fit into the offensive line," he said. "I was looking at what they were doing – the type of schemes; zone or gap running. I also look at the strengths of the guys. They looked good on that last drive. I wanted to know if they were going to finish that game, and they did."

The Bulldogs' offense drove the field with minutes remaining to set up Blair Walsh's game-winning field goal. The kick gave Georgia a 20-17 win over Arizona State. James said it was hard not to get caught up into the game, but that he was there for the recruiting visit.

"The coaches said they were just happy to be back in the recruiting mix with them," he said.

Apparently the Dawgs are doing a good job of recruiting James. The massive offensive tackle will return to Sanford Stadium for Georgia's huge game next weekend.

"I am going to go back to the LSU game next weekend. We have a bye weekend next weekend, and I am going to bring my father to the game next weekend," James said. "My parents want the best for me and they want to know what is going to happen when I go to school at a place. I think C.J. Uzomah may be going up this coming weekend as well. I am going to try to get him to come to the Georgia trip with me this weekend, too."

James said the visit will not be an official one. Still, the Bulldogs are eager to sign one last offensive tackle. James is a natural at that spot, and that's not a typical thing in recruiting. Unlike other positions, true offensive tackles are a rare thing in college football, which is way James being back on the market is such a big thing.

"Coaches Searles told me that Georgia still needed offensive linemen right now," James said. "He wanted to know if they were back in it, and after we talked we decided to make a trip of it this weekend."

After the date with LSU Georgia doesn't play a home game until November, so it is critical for the Bulldogs to make an impression on James while they can before his attention turns to other suitors.

"I really need to decide before January because I am graduating early. I really want to find the place where the coaches really want to help," he said.


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