The Final Four

Herriman (Utah) offensive tackle Andre James considers the big city or the small town when he makes his decision to commit to a college Thursday.

BEAVERTON, Ore — Andre James will announce his college decision July 10, narrowing his final college choices to four.

James last visit to Los Angeles came at the UCLA and USC linemen camps in June. It was one final look at staying in the Western Region for college.

“I’m real excited to get this whole recruiting process over with,” said James. “I’m kind of getting sick of it, but then sometimes I think it will be sad to see it go away. But it’s time."

James will announce his commitment from a pool of Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC and UCLA.

“Oklahoma and Ohio State are similar and then USC and UCLA are a lot alike,” said James. “But then those sets of schools are like apples and oranges.

“Ohio State and Oklahoma are college towns, while USC and UCLA are in the city. You can’t really go wrong with either of them because I love L.A., but then again, I like the atmosphere of a small college town.”

The buzz around the NIKE World Headquarters this week has James headed to Westwood. However, he has specific reasons why he is considering USC.

“USC is going to start turning things around with that new coaching staff,” said James. “They’re getting a lot of heat recruits and I’d love to be a part of something like that.”

James performed at the USC Lineman Camp, where he had his first opportunity to see how new Trojans offensive line coach Tim Drevno interacts with his players. It also was an opportunity for James to see how Drevno would utilize his own talents.

“They really liked my athleticism at the camp,” said James. “They want offensive tackles that are athletic and can move. They gave me some great feedback on that afterward.

“I was curious how Tim Drevno would coach, honestly. Being the coach of the 49ers offensive line gives you a lot of upside. Having someone who just coached in the league coaching me in college is something I’d love have.

James took an unofficial visit to USC earlier in the year as well. In town for the Los Angeles NIKE Camp, James used his second trip to see more of the campus and attributes USC offered off the field.

“It was good because the last trip gave me a chance to see somethings I didn’t see before,” said James. “I loved the visit. It really went well because of everything I got to see.”

James will make a commitment Thursday, but he isn’t ruling out keeping the door open for official visits to the three other schools he disappoints.

“I still might take some visits if it’s possible,” said James, “but that will be mostly it for my recruiting. If I take visits, it will be out of those four schools I’m choosing from.” Top Stories