The 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle originally committed to Iowa State in 2007 but when he didn't qualify, he enrolled at Coffeyville C.C. and gained valuable experience on the field last year. "The speed of the game made pass blocking tough at first but I adjusted and was able to do real well after that," he said.
He adjusted so well that he was named 1st Team All-Conference and was also named to the NJCAA 2007 Region VI All-American Team.
While he was flourishing on the field, the Cyclone coaches continued to stay in contact. "I talk to them a lot and even though I have opened up my recruiting, they are still on top," said Carpenter. "I mostly talk with Coach Fountain and Coach Raney. I like all the new coaches that they brought in during the last year."
One thing he likes about the Cyclones is the chance of playing right away. "I will only have two years left and so I definitely want to start both of them, said Carpenter. "They said I could come in and possibly start if I keep working hard like I am now."
Carpenter also has an offer from Ole Miss and said he might pay them a visit. "There's a chance I will visit Ole Miss but if I am satisfied after my visit to Iowa State, I will commit right then," he said.
James plans to commit during the fall because he will be graduating in December. "I will be on the campus of whatever school I choose in the spring," he said. "I'll be trying to learn all the plays for spring ball."