Spotlight: Geron James

<B>WILMINGTON, NC --</b> Days after announcing his decision to attend NC State, Wilmington (NC) Ashley wide receiver Geron James is still convinced he made the right choice.

"I'm real happy," Geron James told Pack Pride. "It was good for me to commit because I had a lot of pressure on me. I just feel good because I know it's a good school and where I need to be."

"My family liked the choice," he added. "They just supported me the whole time, and I'm just ready to get everything going."

It's an early morning at Ashley High School, and James waits between classes for a quick visit from NC State cornerbacks coach Greg Williams. Williams, the Wilmington-area recruiter for the Wolfpack, is coming by for his weekly check-up on James and teammate Levin Neal, who also has committed to NC State.

The persistence of Williams was important for NC State, as he factored into the commitment from James.

"Coach Williams was real important," James remarked. "I got to know him throughout the recruiting thing. He was one of my favorite coaches. He still is my favorite coach. He'd come to our house, talk to our parents and just chill with us. He's a real good guy and was helpful."

Another important factor in the wideout's decision was NC State head coach Chuck Amato. Amato's ability to relate to recruits definitely caught Geron's attention.

"Coach Chuck is the man," James said. "He's one of those coaches that will come up and talk to you. He'll go out of his way to talk to you, and I loved that.

"When I went for my official I was the only visitor, and so I got to spend a lot of time with him. I got a chance to get to know him even more, and I just felt comfortable with him, the coaches, and all the players."

James, a huge fan of the internet, admits that he regularly checks the recruiting websites and fan pages to see how NC State's Class of 2005 is shaping up. In the past few weeks the Wolfpack secured verbals from a host of prospects, and James has taken notice.

"Oh, the recruiting class is crazy," he said. "We went from like 51st to 21st? That's how we do it right there. Toney Baker coming to the school is going to be real good. And Andre Brown? Man, we played against him. Just ask my coach about him.

"With those running backs, they'll keep the linebackers occupied and it opens the field for all the receivers. But, overall the class is amazing."

At 6-4, 180 pounds and 4.5-second speed in the 40, James will add another dimension to the Pack's wide receiver repertoire. He starred as a senior for the Screaming Eagles, finishing the year with 43 receptions for 920 yards and 17 touchdowns.

He has the combination of speed, long arms and jumping ability that could potentially make him a huge factor in the passing game for years to come.

"I'm going to bring that deep threat," James said. "That's going to be my role. I feel I've got the total package. I have the speed, the height, and the hands. I'm trying to do something with this team."

While his status as a commitment is firm, James still must attain a qualifying score on his SAT before enrolling at NC State. As of now, he feels that it is just a matter of time.

"I'm working on all of that right now," James said. "I just took the SAT, and I don't think it's even going to be a problem. We just have to get all the paperwork turned in."

So how does it feel to be committed to NC State?

"I'm excited. I'm ready to put that ink down on the paper. I'm ready for me to make it official that I'll be with the Wolfpack."

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