James has grown up a SMU football fan

This young man should look familiar to SMU football fans. Andy James, son of former SMU standout Craig James, the younger James is now looking for the school he plans on playing at the next four years. James, a talented athlete from Celina High School has grown up cheering for the Mustangs, go inside to see if he is close to following in his dad's footsteps.

Growing up the son of one of SMU's all time great football players has its advantages.

Andy James of Celina High School has been around football all of his life, his father Craig James, one of the famous duo of the Pony Express and current ESPN Sports announcer, the younger James has been around SMU all of his life.

"It's pretty cool that dad was a big dog at SMU," James said. "He had a great career there, I'm proud of what he accomplished other than that he is just dad to me."

The younger James has grown up going to football games on the Hilltop for most of his life, does that have an affect on the schools he is looking at.

"I have always known that SMU was going to be a possibility of where I might end up," James told PonyStampede.com. "I have gone to games there all my life; it seems like home for me. I also enjoy going to Texas Tech games watching my older brother playing."

James, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound athlete that runs a 4.6 forty, currently plays tight end for his Celina High School team. According to James, the SMU coaches have been talking to him about the possibilities of him playing on the defensive side of the ball.

"They are talking a lot about defense," James said. "I have played some free safety before and I practice at defensive end some. My brother is now playing wide out at Tech and starting to see a lot of playing time."

James was on hand Saturday night for the Mustangs game with Tulsa, leaving the standout athlete with a good impression of the direction of the team is going.

"I thought they played really well," James said. "They were impressive, they have so many young players starting and they are getting better every week."

James currently has no official offers; he has recently applied to the following schools.

"I have applied to SMU, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, TCU and Texas Tech," James said. "Those are some of the schools I'm very interested in attending."

Regardless of where James ends up, it's apparent he will always have a special place in his heart for SMU.

"That team has always been special to me," James said. "It's a great school, a great atmosphere and of course they have a great tradition."


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