James Head, Jr. (Photo by Corey Bender)

Hoosiers in great shape with Florida DE

Indiana has made a strong impression on Miami defensive end James Head.

Three-star prospect James Head from Miami (FL) Southridge H.S. has yet to visit Bloomington, but that has not stopped him from naming Indiana as one of his top schools. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end spoke to Peegs.com about the strong impression that Indiana has made on him so far in the recruiting process.

Head said that he has developed a strong relationship with the IU staff due to how much contact he has had with them.

“I have a high interest in them, and it is a school that I definitely want to take an official visit to,” he said about Indiana. “I talk to Coach (Mark) Hagen and Coach (Tom) Allen a lot.”

If Head were to play for the Hoosiers he would work closely with defensive line coach Mark Hagen. The Miami native believes he would enjoy playing for Coach Hagen.

“After getting to know him a little bit I can tell he is a cool guy,” Head said about Coach Hagen. “He is also a guy I know that I could learn a lot from. Me and Coach Hagen have a good relationship.”

The talented prospect is looking for a place where he can play early, and he knows that IU is a school that offers that opportunity.

“I know I would have a chance to play early there, and that is something that’s important when I look at colleges,” Head said. “I also like that it is away from home because I want to get away from home.”


Another reason the Hoosiers are standing out for Head is because they are the one school that is recruiting him and his teammate, Randy Charlton, the hardest. Head and Charlton want to attend the same school, and Indiana has put themselves in a good spot to land both.

“We have been talking about going to the same college since the sixth or seventh grade,” Head said about playing college football with Charlton. “We have a lot of the same offers, but no one has given us as much attention as Indiana has. They send us stuff all the time and they are always communicating with us. We both feel like they really want both of us there. He has some schools that are recruiting him harder than me, and I have some schools that are recruiting me harder than him, but Indiana is the one school that is recruiting both of us equally hard.”

Last fall Head was significant contributor for a Southridge team that finished with a record of 12-2 and won a state championship.

“We won state so it was a great season,” he said about his junior year. “Back in the spring the chemistry on the team was not good, but we came together last summer and we picked things up. Hopefully we can do it again this year. I felt like I had a good season. I think I had around 20 sacks. I thought I improved on my motor. I can say that I gave 100 percent on every play. The year before when I was a sophomore I didn’t do as good a job at playing hard all the time.”

Head currently has offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Mississippi State, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Central Florida and Florida Atlantic.

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