"The practices are intense. As soon as they got out there the coaches were jumping down their throats. That is how I like it. The speed of the game is so fast," stated James to BigPurpleNation.com. "Everything is what I expected and it's where I want to go. I'm totally cool with TCU. It's such a friendly atmosphere. They take you in and they seem to really care about you."
James decided the Horned Frogs were the best fit back in May, but still received interest from schools throughout the summer and the season. He chose TCU over offers from Texas Tech, Nebraska, Tulsa, Utah, and Georgia Tech. At the time of his decision, he was also receiving interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Arkansas.
Over the weekend James spent most of his time with fellow TCU recruit Casey Pachall. The two had not met face to face, but had been exchanging text messages though out the year. Come this fall, the two will try to room together in the dorms.
"I was just telling him that I'm going to come in and work hard and do my best. I'm going to try to get the starting position. Casey said that he was going to probably not get it his first year, but after that he is probably going to challenge Andy Dalton for the starting position."
The Sherman running back will come to TCU as one of the highest hyped recruits in the last few years. TCU fans are excited to see if James can make an immediate impact for the Frogs.
"They (TCU Coaches) told me that I'm going to make a big difference next year. It just depends on if I come hard and ready to play. It's pretty much in my hands," stated James back in November to BigPurpleNation.com. "I just look at it like I'm going to do what I do regardless and if they think I'm good enough as a freshman they are going to put me in."
Saturday was a day full of watching practice, meeting other recruits, and hanging out with current players. James was assigned to sophomore safety Tejay Johnson. On Sunday, the recruits had breakfast and met with Coach Patterson before heading home.
"He (Patterson) was just telling me that he is proud of me for getting my grades up and he told me that he really wanted me to be there. He met my parents and they really liked him. I told him that that is the place for me and that is where I want to go," said James.
James' Sherman Bearcats (4A Region II District 9) finished the season 8-3 losing to Pearce (Richardson), 48-34 in the first round of the playoffs. James will go down in the Sherman record books as the school's best player ever. This season the senior set the school record in career rushing yards. A senior season where defenses focused their game plan around him, James (5'9, 200-pounds) rushed for nearly 1900 yards on 160 carries with 26 touchdowns. He also added close to 350 yards receiving with 4 scores.
This off-season, James will be working on two primary things. First, he would like to become a better pass blocker. Second, James is going to work on his power running. Known for his great sidestepping and bouncing to the outside, James would like to become more of a bruiser at times. He will be attending the Michael Johnson training camp for track this spring.