Last season, James threw for 1,741 yards and 19 touchdowns, and ran for another 765 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also returns kicks, punts and plays the field corner position on defense. He plays for Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana and has led his team to a perfect record of 4-0 so far this season.
James has received about 30 scholarship offers already and lists Notre Dame, Michigan, Tennessee and Purdue as recruiting him the hardest right now. Those 4 schools are also his favorites, although in no particular order. Notre Dame and Tennessee were his favorite teams growing up.
"I"m still open to others, but those are my favorite ones right now," he said.
He has yet to take any official visits and does not have any scheduled at this point. He did, however, attend the Penn State vs. Miami game on September 1 with his dad and uncle.
"It went great," James said. "It was a great place. We just went to see the game because we got there too late for a tour."
He did not get a chance to meet any of the coaches that day.
Jay Paterno is recruiting James for Penn State. Penn State has offered James a scholarship, and although not in his top 4 teams right now, James is interested in Penn State and may take an official visit to the campus.
"I just like the atmosphere," he said when asked what he likes about Penn State. "Their new facilities are great. Also, I'd have a chance to come in and play as a true freshman."
He did not attend any camps this year. He was invited to the Elite 11 quarterback camp, but could not attend due to an Indiana state rule.
Having a good opportunity to play very early in his collegiate career is important to James.
"I would like a chance to play early," he admitted. "If I had to redshirt, that would be alright I guess. It depends on what I'm redshirting for. I'm also looking for a good, quality education and to just have fun."
James Banks is ranked 49th on the Insiders Football Top 101 List.
Tonight, Ben Davis High will face Center Grove High and talented LB Jeremy Van Alstyne. Jeremy was offered by Penn State, but he verballed to Notre Dame a couple of weeks ago. Penn State was the runner-up for Van Alstyne.