James got his opportunity Saturday, and unlike his teammates, had a front row seat to a spring practice.
"I was really excited," he said. "They've been going on about it since they visited. Rutgers is only the second school I've visited, so it's a pretty big experience. I feel like I got the most out of it."
James named the three-hour padded practice as the highlight of his Saturday.
"It seemed like it was a really intense practice," he said. "They were in full pads hitting. It seemed like a really big one."
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle did not receive an offer like his teammates did on a prior visit. James was told to expect more during the spring evaluation period.
"I really see it as a place where I could belong," he said. "I didn't receive an offer, but I was talking to their defensive line coach and coordinator and they really want me to come back to their camp this summer. The coaches want to keep in touch with me on the phone to go over my film and bring me up for the spring game."
During meetings with the coaches and a presentation at the football facilities, James said the core values of the program sunk in.
"Chop was one of their main things about how they have to focus on what's at hand," he said. "I thought that was really good. They're a family. Everyone there is really close together like a family."
James visited Rutgers four days after seeing the Boston College campus on his first trip to a college.
"The BC visit was pretty good," he said. "I really liked their campus. They showed me around. It was shorter than my Rutgers visit, but it was still fun."
James is still in search of his first offer heading into the spring evaluation period.
"I feel like I'm a great penetrator," he said. "I move well for my size. I'm a pretty strong pass rusher. I'm stout against the run and I like to go against a double team. I think the Rutgers scheme is a really good fit for what I do."