Chris James said Wednesday that he is closing in on a decision. The Chicago area running back plans to visit two more campus before verbally committing to a school.
"I'm going to see Iowa either this weekend or next weekend and then Michigan State," James said. "Then I'm going to sit down with my parents and my family and talk about what we think is the best place for me. I feel like I'll definitely know where I'm going in the next two or three weeks."
Iowa, Michigan State and Pittsburgh are James' finalists, he said.
"Those are my three right now," the 5-foot-10, 207-pounder said. "I'm not going to sit around and wait for other schools to offer. That's my final three right now unless something major pops up."
Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Syracuse are among the other schools that have offered a scholarship to James. Scout.com ranks the Notre Dame College Prep (Niles, IL) standout as the No. 31 running back nationally in the 2014 class.
James visited Pittsburgh in early April. He liked what he saw in the Steel City.
"It went well," he said. "They have a great history with running backs. You look back at their history, they had Ray Graham this year. LeSean McCoy went there. They seem like they are getting things going there."
The Pittsburgh campus sits the farthest away from his Illinois home.
"I'm not really worried about that," he said. "I'd like not to go too far but if that ends up being the right place for me, I have no problem with it."
James also has visited the Spartans. He said he frequently talks to assistant head coach Pat Narduzzi but Michigan State is dedicating several members of the staff to his recruitment.
"They've also had some premier players at running back," James said. "They like to run it. This year, they gave it to Leveon Bell more than three hundred times (382). They've had a good history with running backs and to think I could be part of the next wave is awesome."
James' trip to Iowa will be his first visit to the school. He is talking with Hawkeye assistant Jim Reid.
"I know it's a good school and a good program," James said. "They get a lot of players from the Chicago area. I also know that they run the ball a lot. They always have great guys up front and if you're a running back that's a good thing.
James will end up where he feels most comfortable.
"The atmosphere is the most important thing for me," he said. "It has to be a place I feel I can call home. I also want a strong relationship with the coaching staff."
James is considering college majors in sports management and kinesiology.