I caught up with James recently and conducted an interview with him.
James, what schools recruited you in high school?
"South Carolina, UNC, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Georgia."
After you got to prep school, who recruited you then?
"It was kind of kept quiet in prep school. They were trying to send me back to Georgia. I was originally going to go back to Georgia, but Mississippi State takes care of you whether you are an all-star or a role player."
Is that why you decided to sign with Mississippi State instead of resigning with Georgia?
"I chose Mississippi State because of that. Plus, the coaches and players wanted me here. I mean this is the greatest place to be. It is an upcoming program. Everyone that I talk to, I tell them I am very happy to be here. It is a great place to be. I am satisfied with my decision, finally, and I hope to be healthy for my four years here."
Do you expect to play this season instead of redshirting?
"My coach has talked to me about playing this year. It is up to me. If I step up and get the plays down, I will be able to play."
With two of Mississippi State's offensive tackles, Derrick and Eric Thompson, not academically eligible to play this season, does that put even more pressure on you to go ahead and play your true freshman season?
"It does and doesn't. That makes me push even harder to get ready to play because I know the team needs me."
You came in for the first summer session and have gone through MSU football strength and conditioning coach Mike Grant's workouts. Has it been tough?
"Coming from home, it was difficult (adjusting to this summer workout). It is something that I have to get used to and I will. I feel myself getting better every day."
I have heard read and heard you are from 6-8 to 6-10 tall. How tall are you and how much do you weigh?
"I am 6-7 barefooted and weigh 319."
With you being so tall, you almost like slim. Do you want to play at the weight you currently are or do you want to play at another weight?
"I want to play at about 330."
I appreciate you taking the time to talk with me, James.
Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at email@example.com.