The 6-foot-4, 220-pound James said he remains in consistent contact with the Irish staff, most notably assistant coach Bob Elliott.
"I'm still getting to know a lot of the coaching staff," James said. "The only one I really know is coach Elliott because he got me a scholarship at Iowa State."
The Irish also wasted no time in visiting James during the spring evaluation period. With two weeks remaining in the session, the Irish already used their allotted visits to East High.
"They came to my school twice and we pretty much talk about the defense as a whole, and what it means to be going to Notre Dame if I were to go there," he said. "We talked about what it means to be a Notre Dame student and a Notre Dame athlete, and stuff like that."
"I'm pretty open because I haven't had a chance to sit down and think about it," he said. "I will make some visits over the summer but I'm not sure where yet. I'm more focused on school right now and track because it's almost over."
James is coming off a junior season in which he made 86 tackles and had 13 sacks, and would like to make a decision sooner rather than later.
However, if James isn't comfortable or ready to make a decision, he won't rush it.
"I can't really put a date on it," he said. "I will know when it's the right time. It would be nice to do it before the season, but if I have to make official visits before deciding, then that is just how it is."