Texas Tech added a gifted athlete to their commitment list earlier this week in 2018 Fort Bend Marshall prospect Jabari James. The 6-foot, 170-pound athlete, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard-dash, pulled the trigger after serious discussion with his family.
"Me and my parents sat down, and talked about it. We've been talking about it for about two weeks, really. And I was just like, 'I want to commit.' I just wanted to pull the trigger."
James, who has not yet visited campus but plans to take an unofficial sometime in July, discussed the factors he considered when making his decision.
"I committed because coach (Emmett) Jones and I have a good relationship, they produce a lot of wideouts that go to the NFL, and I feel like it's a real good coaching staff up there."
The new commit talked about his relationship with coach Jones.
"We talk like every other day. Not just about football, but everything, like the NBA Finals and life."
Though James, who passed for 1,385 yards, 23 touchdowns and rushed for 1,082 yards and 18 scores last season, plays multiple positions for Fort Bend Marshall, he is projected at one particular position at Texas Tech.
"They see me playing in the slot, slot receiver."
Aside from the football program, what stands out to James about Texas Tech?
"The Kinesiology program and their fanbase. They have a strong alumni base."
The commit also has connections to former Fort Bend Marshall standout DeAndre Washington, who had a prolific career at Texas Tech before joining the Raiders in the NFL.
"Yes sir. I have a strong relationship with his brother."
What are James' plans for graduation and signing?
"I'm trying to leave early, signing in December and joining in the spring."
What does the new commit hope to experience while on his visit?
"I want it to feel like home. I want them to feel like a family."
Does James plan on visiting any other schools or fielding interest from any other programs until he signs?
"That's a possibility, but I'm committed to Texas Tech right now."