Cards lead for physical Florida receiver

North Marion (FL) High School receiver Sterlin James currently holds scholarship offers from Big East, Big Ten and Conference USA programs, but the 6-foot-5, 200-pound prospect tells that one team leads for his services.

North Marion (FL) High School prospect Sterlin James, a member of the Top 50, is a big and physical receiver that has drawn the attention from a number of college coaches.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound James, who also boasts of a 30 inch vertical, is drawing heavy interest from programs such as Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Louisville, Marshall, Miami, Ole Miss, North Carolina and others.

"I have offers from Louisville, Marshall and Illinois so far," James told

James, who is now turning his attention to his senior season by lifting weights three days a week and participating in other conditioning drills, hauled in 29 passes for 411 yards and 5 touchdowns as a junior.

"I'm great at going up and getting the ball," he said. "I want to get faster and a little stronger, but I'll go up and get anything thrown my way."

According to James, Louisville offensive coordinator Paul Petrino stays in frequent contact with him and has helped the Cardinals program to take an early lead over other programs expressing interest.

"Louisville's my favorite right now," said James, who added that he will officially visit U of L later this year. "They were the first to offer me and are recruiting me hard. Their offense was tops in the country last year and that would be exciting to play for an offense like that."

He's also a standout basketball player that averaged 12.8 points and 8 rebounds per game as a junior, but he's determined to help his team on the gridiron, which won the District Championship in 2004, reach new heights in 2005.

"I have to be a leader this year," he said. "We should be pretty good this year and we all want to win state."

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