Interest Picking Up For James

Arlington (TX) Bowie 2015 standout Tony James is getting more interest.

TCU wasted little time extending an offer to Arlington Bowie 2015 standout Tony James. A versatile player who can play quarterback, receiver or corner, the Frogs offered James prior to his junior season.

James helped Bowie to a 7-4 record in 2013, playing both quarterback and receiver for the Volunteers. Just as it was his sophomore year, James was forced into early action at quarterback this season when starting quarterback Keaton Perry went down with an injury in the second game versus Mesquite.

Perry returned two games later but James continued to get snaps at both quarterback and receiver. He responded by throwing for 621 yards with 12 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, catching 23 passes for 519 yards with 5 scores, and rushing for 615 yards and 8 more touchdowns on the season.

Despite his efforts, the Volunteers ended the season on a three-game losing streak and what looked to be a promising season early on finished in disappointment.

"This season we were faced with more struggles but I felt like we went on a little streak and started playing real well," James said. "I feel like our season didn't play out the way we wanted it to because we got knocked out in the first round but next year we're going to work harder."

James felt he did well at receiver this season, noting that the extra work at the position will benefit him since that's where most programs project him at the next level. However, it looks like he'll be making the return to quarterback full time for his senior season.

"From what coach has been telling me I feel like I'll be the starting quarterback next year full time," he said. "If he finds another quarterback that can throw the ball real well like Keaton did, then I'll probably get some receiver reps. But, the plan is for me to be full time quarterback next year."

Recruiting interest is starting to pick up for the nation's No. 38 receiver prospect. He still holds one offer, but more could be right around the corner.

"The only offer I have is TCU but I feel like I'm getting pretty close for some more offers," he said. "I've been talking a lot with Oklahoma State and California. California wants me to get down there for a visit. I talked to a University of Oklahoma coach the other day."

James has attended a few Horned Frogs' games this season and he plans to be in attendance for this Saturday's season finale against Baylor. Despite the Frogs struggles in 2013, James Still holds the Frogs in high regards.

"I still look at TCU as a very, very good school," James said of TCU. "They're kind of like us this year; they've kind of struggled and they've had quarterback obstacles just like us. I still like TCU a lot; they're still a good program. I'm still going to take my visits down there and keep following up with them and see how it goes."

TCU will graduate two receivers at the conclusion of the 2014 season so the position is one the coaches seem to have as a high priority for the 2015 class.

"They're telling me they need me there and I can make an impact there," James said of the Frogs. "They've told me they like how my season was going and how I could fit in with their offense and make a difference."

As he awaits his second offer, James knows that the Frogs were the first program to give him a chance to fulfill his dream of playing college football. It's something he says will always be on his mind when deciding what program fits him the best.

"I always will keep that in consideration because they were the first school to give me the opportunity to play college football," he said. "That's what I've always wanted to do so I always keep that in the back of my mind, knowing that they were willing to give me the chance to further my football career."

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