Position: Offensive Tackle
Location: Herriman (Utah)
Weight: 278 pounds
Ranking: Four-star offensive tackle, ranked #13 nationally.
The Scouting Report: James plays with great pad level and can get surprisingly low for a 6-5 lineman. He already has very good technique, is strong at the point of attack and is a very good run blocker. He can get to the second level and make a block on a linebacker and plays with just the right amount of nastiness. He's a natural right tackle but has the brute strength and physicality to move inside and play guard in college as well. At times at The Opening, he would play right tackle and then other times, he would slide in to play right guard, and looked good at both spots. He was excellent on the final day of The Opening. He's also a very good athlete, with a 95.73 SPARQ, 6th best amongst offensive lineman and he's one of the best throwers in Utah's prep track ranks.
Overall Analysis: James is the No. 3 overall prospect in Utah in this class, and the Bruins are trying with the other two. He's also the most versatile of UCLA's offensive line targets in this class, able to play both tackle and guard, on either the left or right side, and while he'll come in as a tackle, it wouldn't be a surprise if he ended up inside. James also is quickly taking on the role as a recruiter for the Bruins, working on Osa Masina and Porter Gustin in-state and on Dru Samia out-of-state. He told us after he committed he was working hard on Fred Ulu-Perry, and FUP committed to the Bruins the next day. It's also a significant recruiting win for the Bruins considering who UCLA beat to get him, and that James was definitely a priority for those schools, Oklahoma, Ohio State and USC to name a few.
Check out film of James from his junior year.