James: "I Felt At Home There"

Corona (Calif.) running back Jordon James thrilled about his future at UCLA after official visit...

After taking four official visits during the fall, to Notre Dame, Arizona, California and Washington, Jordon James knew what to expect on an official visit.

James, who committed to UCLA in November, saved his last visit for Westwood, and came in this weekend with several of the other commits.

"It was really nice," said James. "I felt at home there. I'm glad I waited until now to take my visit there. Isaiah Bowens was my host and it was my first time meeting him."

James got to talk with offensive coordinator Norm Chow, running backs coach Wayne Moses and head coach Rick Neuheisel.

"Coach Chow just told me that after Signing Day, to have my mind set to have UCLA win and be ready," said James. "He said don't expect to be a regular freshman and sit."

James and fellow committed running back Malcolm Jones give UCLA one of the best running back tandems in the country in this class, and the two hit it off really well.

"Me and Malcolm kind of have the same personality," said Jones. "He's quiet and humble like me and it's going to be really cool playing with him."

Much has been made about the power that Jones brings and the speed that James boasts, but both talked about how they each posses the other. And James said that Chow is already dreaming up scenarios with the two of them.

"Coach Chow mentioned that like when he was at USC, he wants to use us together like Lendale White and Reggie Bush," said James. "Sort of all the offensive coaches were saying that. Me and Malcolm should come in there and play and come in and help the team out."

Jones also talked extensively with freshman Damien Thigpen and spent time with several other players.

"I met a lot of the players, almost all of them and felt comfortable with them," said James.

James said he spent much of the weekend working on Anthony Jefferson, an uncommitted cornerback, and then on Dietrich Riley, who took an unofficial visit. James and Riley played on the same team in Orlando at the UnderArmour Game.

"I've been trying with those guys," said James.

James said he heard all of the rumors about the possibility that Chow could leave UCLA, but when he heard he was staying, he was thrilled.

"I was pretty confident the offense would stay the same if he left, but at the same time I'm happy and excited he's staying."

James said he's setting up his in-home visit with Neuheisel, which will take place in the next two weeks.

His Corona teammate, Demetrius Wright, is committed to play at USC, and the two are already butting heads about their college teams.

"Demetrius is talking all the trash, I'm just blowing him off," joked James. "I just let him talk."

James will graduate on June 16th and then move to Westwood on June 20th.

For now, he's just looking forward to Signing Day.

"I'm just ready to sign and start working out for UCLA, and get the papers signed and know I'm there," said James.


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