The younger brother of star Rutgers running back Paul James, who walked on at Rutgers in 2011, received an offer from the Scarlet Knights Tuesday night.
"It's a pretty big deal," James said. "I wasn't expecting it, at least not any time soon. I was definitely shocked when it came – shocked but happy."
James has a strong familiarity with Rutgers because of his brother, who led the Scarlet Knights in rushing in 2013.
"I'm probably going to have to work 10 times harder just because of my brother being there," James said. "There's nothing like a great game of football, so I don't really mind."
James attended multiple Rutgers games last year to see his brother play. The campus sits 80 miles from his home in Glassboro.
"It's pretty familiar, but I've never gotten a look at academics and things like that," James said. "I want to get a feel for that, and what it's like on campus."
The 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback prospect will be on campus this weekend to take a tour as a recruit. Rutgers will have many prime targets in Piscataway this weekend.
"I was going to go to their junior day on March 8, but I have SATs that day so I'll be there this week," James said. "The school part is probably one of P.J.'s favorite parts of Rutgers. He said it's a great school academically because you're going to get challenged academically and physical with football. That's important."
Pittsburgh was first to offer James. James visited campus for a junior day, and he hopes to return this summer.
"I met a lot of their coaches, but I haven't really learned much about the school," James said. "I want to go there a couple more times so I can learn more about it."