Card, 17 others have offered RB Jordon James

One of the nation's top-ranked running backs is Jordon James (Corona Senior HS; Corona, Calif.). The four-star speedster is attracting attention from schools from coast to coast, including Stanford. Do the Card look in a strong position to make his top-five, due out at month's end? Read on!

So where do the Cardinal stand with Jordon James? caught up with the four-star running back earlier this week to get a better sense of James' recruitment.

"My recruitment has heated up really well," Jordon James said. "There are offers coming in like every other week."

Now up to 18 total scholarship offers, James plans to narrow down his college list in the upcoming months, with the goal of making a final decision at the Under Armour All-American game.

"I was going to cut down my list at end of May or early June," James said. "Then, I'm going to make my decision at the Under Armour game."

And when he does make that decision, James will likely choose the school that offers the best combination of academics, football prestige, and early playing time.

"Number one is education - that's important to me," James said. "Then, I'm looking for national exposure and a chance to compete for a starting job."

James lists Florida, UCLA, Washington, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Stanford as the schools recruiting him the hardest. He has plans to visit a number of those schools unofficially in the near future.

"Last year, I went to Arizona when they played Arizona State," James said. "I also went to UCLA a couple of times. This summer, I'm going to Florida and am going to try to make it to Stanford and Arizona."

And while James denies having leaders at this point, he said that Stanford has a good chance of making his first cut of schools.

"They have a good chance because I definitely like that school," James said. "When I think about Stanford, I think about life after football."

James' main contact on the Stanford staff has been running back coach Willie Taggart.

"Coach Taggart has talked to me a lot about the school, how the people are up there," James said. "Everybody thinks they're just rich, smart kids, but he said it's just like any other school. It's just that they take their schoolwork more seriously."

And like every other program interested in James, Taggart and the rest of the Cardinal staff is recruiting James as a running back.

"I think my biggest strength is my vision," James said. "But I have speed. I run a 4.37, so I have speed, acceleration, and quickness. I can cut on a dime and I run with power."

James, who considers himself a likely physical education major, reports a 3.6 GPA and is awaiting his SAT results.

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