TCU the latest offer for James

Brookfield (WI) East High defensive end Alec James is one of the fastest rising prospects in the nation. He added his most recent offer on Wednesday when he received an offer from TCU.

One of the fastest rising prospects in the nation is Brookfield (WI) East High defensive end Alec James. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder has added offers from Notre Dame, Clemson, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa State, Vanderbilt and most recently TCU, who offered on Wednesday.

Blessed with great size and speed, James is considered one of the best athletes in the state. As a junior, James collected 86 tackles and 12.5 sacks on defense while scoring 7 touchdowns on offense. His athletic feats don't stop on the football field; he's also a standout in track competing in the 100m, 200m, 4x100, 4x200 and shot put. In fact, he will be competing for a chance at the state finals tomorrow at the Wisconsin sectionals in three events; 100-meter (PR 11.2), 4x 100 and 4x200.

To say James is athletic is putting it lightly.

TCU entered the picture about a month ago according to James. On Monday, Dan Sharp visited his school and extended an offer according to the rising defensive end.

"They've been showing interest for maybe a month," he said. "That's when I first talked to them. They said they were going to come up and they recently came up. The coach was at my school today."

James first learned of the Horned Frogs program like many others across the nation did; after their win against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. As a Wisconsin native, James says there weren't many folks around the state that were giving the Frogs much of a chance to win. Needless to say, he was plenty surprised.

"That was the first time I even heard of them," he said. "I was surprised (they won) because I didn't know much about TCU. Being in Wisconsin everyone was saying the Badgers were going to beat them so easily. I didn't really know who they were, but watching them play it was really surprising."

Aside from watching the Frogs' Rose Bowl win, James has become more familiar with TCU.

"I know they're moving to the Big 12 and they're a small school with only 8,000 (students) and located in Ft. Worth, Texas," James said. "I know they have a highly regarded business program."

The relationship he develops with his future coaches is the biggest factor James is looking at when narrowing down schools; noting that he doesn't want to be just "another player."

"Probably just program stability and having trust in the coaches because I like building a strong relationship with the coach to where I can go in and talk to him anytime," he said. "I don't want them to just know me as a player; I want them to know me as a person."

Once track and school is complete James plans to sit down with his family to map out what his plans are for the summer. When asked if TCU could be a destination he visits, James says that it's is a possibility.

"I'm going to sit down and talk to my family once school and track is over, then I'll have time to decide and focus more on football," James said.

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