RB commitment sees big opportunity

Mike James is a four-star running back prospect from Davenport (Fla.) Ridge Community High who committed to the Hurricanes over the summer. The talented runner sees a big opportunity at UM. Read on to see what he's talking about.

"I've been watching all the Miami games," Mike James said. "Last week was great. Beating Virginia Tech was big because it put us in first place in the conference and now we're just two games away from playing in Tampa for the conference championship."

James, 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds, said he pays close attention to the offense and what the running backs are doing.

"It's been tough watching lately because there's so many times where I feel like I could be making plays," he said. "Like against Virginia Tech, especially when they got into the redzone, I feel like I'd be able to make first downs and score touchdowns. My running style is more like (that of Javarris) James but I know he hasn't really been healthy lately. I just can't wait to get down there and be a part of everything."

James said after watching the Canes defeat Virginia Tech on Friday, he turned on the television on Saturday to watch some games.

"We needed Maryland to beat North Carolina and they did that," he said. "That was big. I also liked watching Boston College beat Florida State. It was a great weekend of college football. Now we're ranked and have a big game against Georgia Tech on Thursday."

The talented running back, who is being primarily recruited by UM defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, said he's excited to get down to Miami again soon.

"My visit is set up for December 12th," he said. "I'm looking forward to that, getting to meet and spend time with some of the other recruits. I know me and Brandon McGee are gonna be roommates. We talk a lot. Did you see Bryce Brown was talking about Oregon. I was like, 'man, that's crazy'. I'd go to Miami if I was him. I'm surprised he's even looking at Oregon."

James said he believes it's the running backs, like the receivers in last year's class, that will headline this year's recruiting class.

"Last year it was all those receivers," he said. "And look at how many of them are playing, starting, and making a difference. This year it'll be the running backs with me, Lamar (Miller), and Bryce. You have no idea how hard I'm gonna work once I get there. Oh my, I can't wait."

James, who said he currently has five B's and two A's while taking mostly AP classes in school, has rushed for over 1,000 yards this season while helping his team to its first ever district championship. His team takes on Space Coast this Friday in the first round of the playoffs.

"We've had a great run so far and now we just need to keep it going, keep playing hard, and take things one game at a time," he said.


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