Syracuse has been looking hard at the running back position in 2014. Despite having one prospect already committed, the Orange are not done looking at adding talent to their backfield. Recently, they extended an offer to three star Notre Dame Prep (IL) product Chris James.
"Syracuse offered yesterday morning," James recalled. "Their coach actually offered me. He had stopped by at school. It was the quarterbacks coach, Coach (Tim) Lester. They said they needed a running back. When he saw my highlight tape, they had no doubt that I could play for their team. They love my home run ability and that I can take it to the house.
"It kind of shocked me a little bit because I wasn't expecting it. I knew they were recruiting me but I wasn't expecting they would come all the way out here just for a back. It meant a lot. I was like ‘oh my God.'"
Out in Illinois, Syracuse is starting to make a name for themselves as an option for top prospects in the area. However, despite that headway, James is still learning about the program. He feels a visit would be the best way to see what the Orange have to offer.
"I don't know too much about the program," James explained. "I know about their running back history with Jim Brown and Ernie Davis and even after that. They've had a great history of running backs.
"I've never been out there, but I definitely plan on going out there and learning more about the program."
James maintains he is still open despite holding more than a dozen offers. However, he does have three schools standing out just a bit at this point.
"I'm just enjoying the process right now," James admitted. "I haven't really narrowed things down but I really do like Michigan State and I really do like Pitt. I haven't really narrowed anything down but if I had to pick it would be around those two and Wisconsin."
Despite the interest the 5-foot-10 running back has in those schools, he says Syracuse is still an option. He is looking forward to seeing if they are a good fit.
"For sure (Syracuse is in the mix)," James claimed. "I definitely plan on learning more about the program and what they have to offer."
Don't expect a decision to come anytime soon for the talented Notre Dame Prep standout. Visits will be important, and a final decision could linger into his senior season.
"I plan on taking visits with my grandmother first," James added. "That's going to be important. Once I go see schools with my grandmother first, maybe take one or two official visits.
"By that time I should know where I want to be. I should know in my heart the place I want to be."