It's still very early in the recruiting process but junior offensive tackle Jarrod James is making a name for himself.
The 6-4, 283-pound lineman from Pikeville (NC) Charles B. Aycock already holds offers from NC State and North Carolina A&T, and several other schools are showing a lot of interest.
Charles B. Aycock had their best season in school history, and for that James and his teammates are rightfully proud of their accomplishments. Individually, James had an exceptional season. It's tough to judge an offensive lineman based on statistics, but Aycock's rushing statistics say a lot on James' behalf.
What's he up to these days with his junior year in the rear view mirror?
"Practice, practice, practice," James told Pack Pride. "I'm working on getting better and staying in shape. I'm getting bigger, faster and stronger, and trying to make sure my team and the offensive line are strong."
James doesn't know whether he will be attending any camps or combines early next year. This fall he lined up at left tackle, defensive tackle and defensive end, though he spent most of his time on offense.
Virginia Tech sent a coach by James' school recently to get a first-hand look at the talented youngster. He has also been hearing from East Carolina, North Carolina Central, Duke, Stanford, North Carolina and UCLA.
"The only schools to put out offers so far are North Carolina A&T and State," he said. "State offered me around September 30. I went to their games against Duke, Carolina and Murray State, I think. I've called coach Petercuskie a couple of times, too. He seems like a good guy. He's pretty cool."
Though it's early and more offers are almost certain to come in, James feels like he's ready to list a favorite.
"State's number one so far," he said. "Right now State's definitely number one. I'm the kind of guy that just goes with what feels right, and State is definitely my favorite."