The first question I asked was if it was true that he had commited to MSU? "Not yet, I was unable to get up for the visit, and will get a hold of Coach Nussmier and reschedule." He added, "I'm waiting for test scores, that will take two or three weeks and then a scholarship will be there for me."
Allison did say he had been to been to MSU before on a earlier unofficial visit to watch a MSU basketball game. I asked him how that went. "I like the whole thing, the atmosphere, the people, the coaches, the whole campus, I especially liked the facilitities and weight room."
I asked him where he thought MSU wanted him, as some list him as a safety and others a linebacker. "Well, they can beef me up to play linebacker or keep me as a safety, MSU was talking about me playing bandit."
I asked James his strengths as a football player. "I can really blitz, I am a good tackler and I have good speed." So you would make a good bandit coming off the edge like a Sir Darean Adams I asked?
"Exactly, I can use my speed to get to the passer."
James showed his ability to get into the backfield as a junior with 14 sacks, eight tackles for loss and 130 tackles overall.
I asked him how this year went on the football field for him.
"I actually played offense most of the year, but missed some because of a hernia. I will be having surgery on January 16th, but doctors said I should be feeling pretty good after three to four weeks."
Talking to James on the phone I was impressed by his overall demeanor. Sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders, and if he gets those test scores, MSU will reap the benefits. James told me to date, Miami of Ohio and Ball State have also offered.