Tailback Loves UCLA's Campus

The #12-ranked running back in the nation, Jordon James from Corona, Calif., took an unofficial visit to UCLA recently and came away impressed - with the campus, and how the UCLA coaches said they'd use the 5-10, 190-pound talent...

Jordon James, the 5-10, 190-pound four-star running back from Corona Senior High School in California, says he has 16 scholarship offers but still hasn't narrowed down his favorites.

"Everything is really even right now," he said. "I'm not going to be making my announcement until the Under Armour All-America game (early January 2010). This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I wanted to take it."

James, Scout.com's No. 12 running back nationwide, has already visited UCLA and Arizona and both have offered as well as Florida, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Stanford, California, Arizona State, Washington and Colorado, among others.

"I love the campus at UCLA," he said. "I got to tour the whole thing and it was really great. It's in a great neighborhood and it's just a wonderful place. I like all the coaches a lot too. They are after me really hard and they said they'd use me like USC did Reggie Bush."

This was music to James' ears since Bush was his favorite college player and he admits to always liking UCLA and USC as a kid. "I loved watching Reggie play," he said. "I try to play like him."

James will also be attending the UCLA spring game on April 25 and has already been to their practice. "I've seen them practice and they are looking good," he said. "They are definitely coming up. I think they'll surprise a lot of people next year."

The only other school that James has visited is Arizona and he says that his coach, John Brandon, used to play offensive guard for the Wildcats. "I went to their game against Arizona State last year and it was amazing," he said. "The crowd was really into it and loud. It was a lot of fun."

James doesn't plan on going to any camps this summer and says he'll likely take official visits to some of the schools that are farther away. "Distance will play no factor," he said. "As long as I love where I am and am comfortable, then I'll go anywhere.

"I really want a chance to compete as a freshman though," James said. "That's going to be important too."

Last season James broke his arm and only played in four games. He still finished with 1,135 yards rushing for 11 touchdowns. "When I broke my arm last year I really thought I wasn't gonna get anything (offers)," he said. "I was happy just to get any offer, but then when schools like Florida, Oklahoma and Notre Dame offered, I was blown away.

"Florida won the national championship and are one of the best teams every year," he said.

"Notre Dame has amazing tradition and they are still getting better," James said. "It's a really prestigious program.

"Oklahoma actually just offered me about two weeks ago," he said. "I love how they are a big-time program and always have a good offense."

James also plays baseball and runs track (10.6 100m, 22.0 200m, 22' LJ). He plans on only playing football in college.

"I have great speed and quickness," he said. "I'm explosive and have great vision. I'm very fast and always moving. I think I'm like a home run hitter. I can break the big play.

"But I want to work on being more physical," James said.

James says he can bench 335-pounds, squat 450 and claims a 39-inch vertical jump.

He reports a 3.6 core GPA and is awaiting his ACT results. He'll be taking the SAT in May.

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