"I never expected it to be like this," said James. "My dad and I talked a lot and we thought I'd just be recruited by like Utah, Utah State or BYU. I never thought it would be as crazy as it is."
"Notre Dame came and saw me in January and they got my transcripts and wanted to see more of me but I think they could offer," said James. "And USC, I love Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo, who offered him at Washington) and Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian)."
Next month, James will visit both UCLA and USC when he's in Southern California for the NFTC.
"I'm visiting UCLA and USC in March when I'm out there for the Nike Camp," said James. "Coach (Taylor) Mazzone and Coach (Adrian) Klemm are both recruiting me for UCLA and I love those guys. I went out to the UCLA-Washington game and it was awesome. I'm going out there to visit and check out the school and talk with the coaches."
He'll also visit USC on the trip and thinks an offer could come from them when he's in town.
"With their new offensive line coach from the 49ers (Tim Drevno), they just want him to get situated and then watch my film," said James.
Both the Bruins and Trojans are on the list of schools recruiting him the hardest.
"Oregon, UCLA, Utah, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and USC are all recruiting me probably the hardest," said James.
James has already visited Oregon, UCLA and Utah for games.
"I went to a few of the Utah games. Whenever I could go, I went to their games. I went to the UCLA-Washington game on a Friday and then up to Oregon the next day for the Utah game. Coach (Steve) Greatwood is recruiting me at Oregon. I like Oregon a lot too."
James said there hasn't been any pressure on him to stay in Utah.
"I definitely feel I can leave the state for college, but leaving or staying isn't really a big deal for me," said James.
James said the early visits impressed him but also showed him the importance of taking a number of visits.
"It's kind of hard to narrow things down already," said James. "I did love them all when I visited but now I know I want to take all these unofficials and then I'll start narrowing it down to the schools I want to visit officially in the spring. There could be some new schools in the spring who like me that show some real interest and if they want to come down and see me then, I want to still consider them."
James said he wants to play his senior season at 280, where he's at now, but not get too big.
"I don't want to get too heavy," said James. "I really don't want anything over 280. Everyone I've asked is recruiting me as a tackle so I want to stay athletic and flexible enough."
James also throws the discus and shotput for Herriman and said he's open to the possibility of doing track in college.
"I guess it really matters which school I go to," said James. "Football is the priority but if the school has a great track team and they're open to it, I'd like to try and throw the shotput and discus."
Academically, James has a 3.0 and will take the SAT in March.