Lions On Trail of Florida RB

<P>Keeping with its theme for the 2005 season, Penn State has given yet another verbal offer. This time the Nittany Lions are working in the Sunshine State. caught up with lightning quick running back Brandon James. Does Penn State have a shot?

St. Augustine High finished the 2004 season with a record of 11-1, losing in the Class 3A semifinals to The Bolles School. Expectations are high in 2005, as the Jackets return the majority of their skill players, including James, 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds.

“We’ll have a new QB and some new linemen, but we have all of our skill guys back,” James said.

In 2004, James ran for 900 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He also caught 400 yards worth of passes and scored another eight touchdowns through the air. He earned first-team All-County and first-team All-Conference honors.

James currently holds a written offer from Illinois and was recently verbally offered by Penn State.

“Illinois offered a while ago,” James said. “Penn State sent a hand-written letter from Jay Paterno stating that I would be receiving a written letter soon.”

The diminutive dynamo recently took two junior day visits, to Florida and Central Florida.

On UCF: “It was OK, I liked the coaching staff.”

On Florida: “I liked Florida, I loved the intensity during their scrimmage.”

Three teams are currently at the front of the pack for James.

“Right now I would say I like Florida, Florida State and Penn State,” James said.

“Penn State has tradition and a great history,” he added. “Coach [Joe] Paterno is a legend.”

Here are some exciting video clips of No. 1 Brandon James:


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