James Has TCU At The Top

Arlington (TX) Bowie athlete Tony James recently received an offer from TCU.

As recruiting evolves, it's becoming more common to see offers extended to underclassmen if college staffs feel that prospect already has the makings of an elite player. Although college programs are primarily focused on filling their 2014 classes, they are already taking advantage of offering younger prospects; some 2015 and even 2016 prospects.

You can include TCU as a program that is trying to get a head start on some of their needs for the 2015 class as they've already offered close to ten prospects. The most recent offer was extended to a player who emerged on the Frogs' radar within the last year; Arlington (TX) Bowie athlete Tony James, who received the TCU offer two weeks ago.

James played quarterback for the Volunteers in 2012 racking up nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards and 34 scores. With 4.4 speed, James is a threat to score from anywhere on the field.

The offer from TCU didn't come as a complete shock to James, especially since his former coach, Kenny Perry, is now on staff at TCU. However, what did surprise him was the fact that TCU offered him so early.

"I didn't think the offer would come this early to tell you the truth. But when I got that call telling me they were offering me I was pretty excited," James said. "But, I'm still going to think about it and visit with them and see how they're doing. I'm going to really consider TCU."

The Horned Frogs got the jump on the competition with them being the first team to offer the 5-foot-9, 155-pounder. For that reason, they sit atop his list of early favorites.

"TCU right now is my favorite," James said. "Some other schools that I like are Oklahoma State; they're probably my No. 2 right now. I'm starting to like Baylor a little bit and I'll probably go check out their campus. But right now TCU is my favorite."

Aside from being his first offer and being close to home, James says TCU stands out because he has such a familiarity with the program. He saw two of his former Bowie teammates last Friday when he attended a Frogs' mini-camp.

"It's nice to come down here to see Kolby (Listenbee) and Steve (Wesley), that's what I'm saying, they have some of my teammates that have been here and I can relate to them," he said. "That's what I like about TCU."

After a stellar performance at TCU's camp last Friday, James says he may get to a few more camps before summer ends.

"I'm not really sure about the rest of my schedule but I may try to get to Baylor and maybe LSU," James said.

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