On the year, the 5'11, 198-lb back ended up with 2,089 yards and 29 touchdowns. His performance netted him offers from Illinois and Toledo after the season, and now he has turned his attention to what the off-season will bring.
"I'm definitely going to try to go down to U of I," he said. "They invited me to a basketball game. I definitely want to get down south to some schools and I mean, if I don't have any time, I can wait until February or April. Until then, I'm training, and will see if I can get up to some schools."
The contact period allowed some new schools to come through and check in on James, meet with his coaches, and grab his film.
Through all the new suitors, James has not forgotten about the Toledo Rockets, the first school to offer.
"It felt amazing, and at the same time, I knew I worked hard for it and knew if I wanted other offers, I had to keep on working. It felt good that a school sees me as a player on their radar. It took a weight off my shoulders, and made me keep working harder."
Following that, the Fighting Illini came through as the first Big Ten program and first in-state program to offer.
"It felt great just to have the school mention you in that same line of receiving an offer. Coming from an in-state school, it means a lot too. The only time I went to U of I was for the NIKE training camp."