JUCO OL chooses Blue Raiders

At 6-4, 300 lbs. Georgia Military's Micah James was a desirable offensive tackle candidate for several programs around the country. After visiting a pair of schools in-state, James opted to sign with Rick Stockstill's Blue Raiders. He sat down with BRZ to discuss his decision.

Micah James Profile

James has spent his fair share of time in the Volunteer State recently. After taking an official visit to Memphis on December 3, he turned around and made the trek to Middle Tennessee for an official visit on December 10. Obviously that trip made an impression as he promptly committed to the Blue Raiders just three days later.

"I really liked the family atmosphere," James says of his trip to Murfreesboro. "It just seemed like everybody from the coaching staff to the players were really close and really trusted each other. That was the biggest thing that popped out to me."

James wasn't alone on his trip, however. His mom and dad both tagged along and liked what they had to see, too.

"I took my mom and my father," says James. "They thought it was the best decision for me. They didn't necessarily tell me until I made up my mind, but they thought it was the best place for me. They were willing to let me make my own decision, though."

Another positive aspect of Middle Tennessee is the location. Only a three-and-a-half hour drive from his mother's home in Georgia, James says that the proximity was probably one of the biggest factors that went into his decision.

With three seniors slated to move on after the 2010 season, there is plenty of room for competition. James figures to be a big factor at the right guard position in 2011 for a couple of reasons: he's spent two years in the JUCO ranks and he'll be enrolling for the Spring semester.

"They're expecting me to come in and play right away," he says. "I played left tackle this year at [Georgia Military]. I started the season off at guard, but something happened to our tackle the week before the season started."

James goes on to say that he's played all five positions on the offensive line over the past two seasons at Georgia Military. He says while he's an efficient player at all five positions, he's the most comfortable at right guard.

For now James is getting set to make the move to Murfreesboro and is excited about seeing his future team play in the upcoming GoDaddy.com Bowl.

Stay tuned to BlueRaiderZone.com for more on James and the rest of the 2011 recruiting class.

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