Top five for Tony James

A long list of colleges are after Tony James. The 2014 running back has five favorites right now, but he'll admit that a commitment isn't happening anytime soon. Get the latest on the Gainesville High School (Gainesville, FL) standout right here.

Oregon, Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Ohio State sit at the top of the list for Tony James. Ole Miss, Auburn, Miami, and Florida State are also in the mix. The Ducks are the latest to offer the 2014 speedster and that was the one he was waiting on.

"I just got excited like a kid with some candy. It was the offer I'd been wanting, the one I was trying to get, and I finally got it. It was like a dream come true," James said.

"It was really important to me because I can see myself playing in an Oregon style offense, that speed, spread offense. It's everything I am, that speed. It's just like that dream school."

James sees himself as a perfect fit for Oregon because of his speed and versatility. The role he will play in his future offense will play a big factor in his decision.

"How they are going to use me (is a factor), because some schools are recruiting me as a running back, some schools are recruiting me as a slot receiver, and some schools are recruiting me as both, a hybrid type of guy. I kind of want to do both of them," James said.

"The ones that are recruiting me as (both), I'm paying attention to a little bit more. I can play both, but I've played both all through high school, so I'd kind of like to do that."

It's no surprise that the 5-foot-9, 180-pound athlete is high on Ohio State. Former Florida athlete Percy Harvin is someone James compares his game to, and to be coached by the same college coach as Harvin would be a huge plus. What does James like about Ohio State? Simple:

"Urban. Urban Urban Urban. Spread. I personally know Urban can coach speed because (he did) at Florida," he said.

Florida has also been recruiting the Gainesville standout for quite some time. James likes that the Gator program is close to home and he has great relationships with coaches there.

"I talk to Brian White almost every week. Ever since I went to the camp at Florida, he's been telling me that I can play slot and running back and just be all over the field. He said I'm one of the guys that may not come off the field. I was like, ‘you know coach, I could be that type of guy.'"

James got a visit from Nebraska Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck earlier this week and learned more about the Huskers' program.

"He basically told me that they run the same type of offense as Oregon, so in case I don't want to go that far, I still can be in the same type of offense. They're recruiting me solely as a running back, but I still like them. I can always get there and show them that I can play slot too," James said.

The Florida speedster is also high on Kentucky because of the way he'd be used in the Wildcats' offense.

"I just love Kentucky because they basically run a spread offense too, and they're recruiting me as a slot (receiver) and running back, so it's the best of both worlds," he said.

James expects to make a decision on Signing Day. Between now and then, he's not too sure about his plans for his recruitment. He hopes to camp at Oregon this summer, but it's all up in the air right now. Besides his role in an offense, relationships with the coaches and a good business program will be important factors in his decision.


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