Northwestern Pipeline May Continue

Northwestern High School has sent several players to the University of Miami in recent years and this year may be no different. This standout linebacker talks about his co-favorites, which includes the Hurricanes.

When Jarrell and Jermell Weaver were terrorizing opposing offenses with their pass rushing skills as seniors at Northwestern H.S. in 1998, Dorean James was only in 8th grade but had already been terrorizing opponents at an early age.

"I used to play middle linebacker," James said. "I would love being able to run all over the field to make plays. I have played since I was eight years old. I started playing defensive end at Northwestern."

Now, James is a mirror image of what the Weaver twins were four years ago, including the damage he's been doing on opponents at Northwestern.

"I finished last season with 29 sacks and I want to get the county record this year," he said. "I think it's something like 35. I figure I have to get 3 or 4 each game to get the record but that's what I am aiming for."

James recently attended the one-day camp at UM, and came away satisfied with his performance.

"I had a real good camp, I though," he said. "There were a lot of good linebackers there like Ali Highsmith and Leo Waiters."

James, who measured at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, said he ripped off a 4.50 on grass. He ran a 4.60 on wet grass at the NIKE Camp and turned in a 4.28 shuttle run at the NIKE Camp.

James also competes in track (400) and basketball (shooting guard). Inside the classroom, he's fully qualified with a 2.6 GPA and 1110 SAT score.

"Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, UM, Michigan State, and Nebraska called," he said. "The ones I like the most are Florida, Michigan State, Florida State, UM, and Nebraska."

James, who does not yet have any scholarship offers, talked about his two main favorites.

"Florida's my favorite," he said. "I like their program. I'm tight with Taurean Charles and they have a lot of kids from down here on their team. I also like UM a lot. All they do is win. They said they're recruiting me to play outside linebacker for them and I like that because I use to play linebacker. I'm going to wait for my visits then make a decision."

James helped the Bulls reach the state championship game last season, but fell short against Apopka.

"The big thing for us is getting back into the state title game and winning it," he said. "We don't want to be denied this year. For me personally, I want to break the state sack record."


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