James is long committed to Rutgers, even after an Ohio State offer came his way, but he did not know the other members of the 2015 class as well as he would like. That changed at the Hale Center during his official visit.
“It was pretty cool because they were welcoming,” said James, one of seven New Jersey commits in the class. “They would come up and greet you whether they knew you or not. We’d make a conversation that would just go on, and it leads me to believe we will be a close class and know how to work together as one team, one unit.”
The 6-foot, 175-pound James offered a unique highlight of his latest 48 hours on campus.
“One of the best things, and I know this is probably a different answer, but it was that they feed you so much,” James said.” You would never go hungry. I ate so much. I’d wake up the next day and still be too full to eat.”
The official visit included multiple Sodexo meals from the Hale Center, a trip to Old Man Rafferty’s in New Brunswick and more.
Outside of the superficial, James raved about time spent with defensive coordinator Joe Rossi and defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson.
“I can’t wait for it,” James said on playing for them. “I know they are great coaches, and they can teach me things to better myself that I would have never known. They know how the game works, and what they need to do to handle whatever comes their way.”
James has a lengthy relationship with Rutgers dating back to brother Paul James’ recruitment as a preferred walk-on.
“It has its benefits,” James said on his older brother approaching a fifth season at Rutgers. “From him being here, I was able to meet more people on the team, like the older guys, which is pretty cool.”