James says he's been spending a lot of time inside the weight room this summer getting ready.
"I'm up to 220 now," he said. "I've been hitting the weights real hard. I'm putting up 320 on the bench, power cleaning 300. I feel stronger and faster than ever before."
James, 5-foot-11, committed to the University of Miami earlier this summer and is very excited about the future of the program.
"Man, it's gonna be great," he said. "Look at all the great players that they brought in the last couple years. I know they struggled the last few years but that won't last long. They have so many great players that are just freshmen and sophomores. Look at Allen Bailey. He's gonna be a beast and no one really knows about him yet. Coach Shannon's a great coach and with all the great players coming into the program, I see championships coming down the road."
The talented running back prospect said he's excited to see UM play again this fall.
"They gotta grow up fast because they're young," he said. "A lot of people have good talent but I saw when I was down there how much heart and dedication those guys have. They're all in it for each other, working real hard to get Miami back to the top. I know that'll be me in there, too. I'll be doing whatever it takes. Like Coach Shannon was saying recently, this year they have a lot of good backups and a lot more competition than they did last year."
James has become one of Miami's best recruiters as well. He talked about that.
"I wanna get everyone to come to Miami with me," he said. "I've already talked to Prince Kent. He's real cool and he's all about Miami too. I text Brandon McGee all the time. I met him when I was down there and we exchanged numbers. I told him to hit me up on August 11, which is the day he'll hopefully become a Hurricane."
James is one of two running backs currently committed, as the Canes also have a pledge from the nation's top running back prospect in Bryce Brown.
"Me and Bryce are gonna do great together," he said. "We're both gonna graduate early and get an early jump on our careers. With a combination like me and him, we'll be killing defenses out there."
With the recruiting status of five-star running back Lamar Miller still up in the air, James welcomes the competition.
"I don't care who's coming," he said. "I wanna be part of the number one recruiting class in the nation. I want this thing turned around. In order to do that, there's gonna have to be a whole lot of competition and that's what I'm all about. I'll compete with anyone -- that's what'll make everyone better."