Stephen James Profile

Background: The hard hitting safety is mature and very strong for his size and age. He had three interceptions, 74 total tackles, two safeties, two fumbles caused and two fumbles recovered. He scored three touchdowns, one each on an interception, fumble return, and a kickoff return. He averaged close to 35-yards on kickoff returns..

He helped lead Galena Park North Shore to an unbeaten season and the 5A Division I State Championship in Texas. He is a two-time All District player, was mamed All Greater Houston, and was honored as a first team All State player following this season. He was also considered a Texas Top 100 prospect by several sources. James was recruited by a number of schools including Missouri, Kansas, Iowa State, and Houston.

Why OSU? "It just seemed like the place I needed to go. I wanted to play in the Big 12 every week, and that is a challenge that I enjoy playing at Oklahoma State."

Stephen James Personal Highlight: "I got to make the first big hit on the opening kickoff in the Texas State Championship Game at Rice Stadium against The Woodlands. I had a teammate on the kickoff cover unit miss a tackle, and the returner regained his balance and when he stuck his head up I stuck him hard. It kind of set the tone for us on defense in the game."

O-State Outlook: James brings some versatility into the secondary. He is quite capable of playing any of the safety positions in the Cowboys 4-2-5 defense as he combines being a physical tackler with the speed and instincts to be good in coverage. He is certainly athletic enough to also play at the corner. He will gain an advantage from being in spring football and is almost a certainty to see playing time in the fall. He will also be an assist on special teams. Initially he should help on coverage units, but he is also very talented on kickoff returns possessing an escapability similar to Gabe Lindsay.

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