Illinois Speedster's First Offer From Mizzou

The Missouri Tigers continue to recruit their need for speed by extending an offer to one of the fastest prospects in the state of Illinois in the class of 2014 who they would like to add to their program.

In college football, speed rules the day. Missouri in particular is looking for SEC speed to add to it’s program, so it is no surprise to see the Tigers latest offer go out to one of the fastest prospects in the St. Louis Metro area.

On Friday, Edwardsville (IL) 2014 cornerback Craig James 5’10” 165 (4.37 forty 33” vertical) became the latest area prospect to pick up an offer from the Tigers. has been following James through his junior season and spoke with him following his receiving his first offer.

“I got my offer from Missouri around 11 O’clock this morning,” said James.” I got a call from Coach Martin, my high school coach, who told me to call Coach Ford. I gave him a call and he asked me if I wanted to come to Mizzou and play defensive back for the Tigers because they want me. They liked my junior film and decided to offer. Coach Ford also talked about me coming up there for a visit and I will have to see when I can make it there.”

James was surprised and very excited about receiving his first offer from the Tigers.

“It’s very exciting! I am still very excited. My blood is racing through me thinking about it now. I had talked with Coach Ford before and I know he came through my school back in December, but I wasn’t expecting this. I told my Mom after I got off the phone with him and she yelled because she was so excited about it,” said James.

The speedster knew a little bit about Missouri, but is looking forward to finding out more.

“I like Coach Ford and we had a good conversation. I am looking forward to getting to know him better and building a relationship with him and finding out more about Missouri. I don’t know a lot right now, but I know they are in the SEC and that’s the best conference you can play in. I want to play against the best so it’s a big first offer for me,” he said.

Besides being a lock down cornerback, James also played some receiver and excelled as a kick return man returning one kick off for 95 yards and a score and another for 85 yards and a TD.

He described his talents at cornerback, the position he will play in college.

“I am around the ball a lot and I make plays. I go for the ball and have good ball skills. When the ball is in the air it’s mine. That’s the way I look at it and the way I play it.”

Besides hearing from Missouri, James had also heard from Iowa and Purdue having received mail from those schools.

The talented defensive back is also a standout in track competing in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 relays as well as the hurdles. He laid out some of the things he will be looking for in a school. “I would like to stay close to home. Missouri fits that. Also, most important is getting a good education and going to a school that graduates it’s players. I am undecided about a major, but I would like to have a career where I work with and helps kids. Possibly as a teacher or coach,” said James.

James recorded 23 tackles to go along with his 6 picks and 2 fumble recoveries, and scored 6 TDs combine on offense, defense and returns in 2012. He self reported a 225lb bench press, 330lb squat, was named first team All-Conference, second team All-State and was named All-Metro first team by the St. Louis- Post Dispatch. will keep you posted on Craig James recruitment as it happens.

Craig James Junior Highlights

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