Baton Rouge (LA) Madison Prep defensive tackle Troy James represents the changes that have taken place in recruiting in recent years. Sometimes a commitment is strong. Sometimes it's nowhere close to strong.
James (6-4, 250) is committed to Kansas but the Big 12 school has a long way to go before they can count him as a member of their football program. It's not like Kansas is a local program for him. Then again it's not like NC State is local either. It's just that the Louisiana defensive lineman has a lot to think about before he really knows where he wants to be.
James admitted that his initial visit to Kansas exceeded his expectations and lead to his decision to commit to the Jayhawks.
"I guess I was just so caught up in the hype at the moment. I like Kansas. Everything there was beautiful. I had never seen that before coming from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was real different. I've seen other states but I haven't seen other schools really. So by me seeing that it just opened my eyes. It's nothing official yet but I'm still committed though."
Despite the commitment to Kansas, James is open to other schools and plans to take several official visits before finalizing his decision next February..
He will take his official visit to Kansas when the Jayhawks take on Texas during the football season.
"I'm going to be taking an official visit to Arkansas, NC State and probably Georgia Tech. If I get that Georgia Tech offer then I'm going to be taking that official visit. I'll be taking a Cincinnati visit too."
Arkansas, NC State and Georgia Tech are the schools that are talking to James the most outside of Kansas. James knows a little bit more about Arkansas than NC State.
He has been to Arkansas before. James visited Arkansas the same week he visited Kansas. That means his official visit to NC State will tell him a lot. It might be his only experience in Raleigh.
"The defensive line coach from North Carolina State is a very hands on coach. He demonstrates things for you. He allows you to see what you're doing wrong. He's so pumped up and he's just so full of energy you have to like him. He mostly told me a lot about the school. He told me it's a great school and it's a beautiful site near the football field. He told me about their academics. You can get a great education there. I think they graduate something like 80% ... 75 or 80% of their football athletes graduate if they don't go to the pros."