RB Javarris James recruiting update

One of the top running backs in the country is expected to be Javarris James from 2A state champion Immokalee Indians in Florida. James (6-1, 205) is the cousin of former Miami star Edgerrin James but that doesn't mean Javarris will automatically head to the Canes. Click below for more information.

We spoke with Immokalee coach John Weber to get an update on his star running back and he was more than happy to talk about Javarris:

"He's just a great kid, real quiet, does his thing, works hard. I wish I had 20 kids just like him.

As a running back he has such great vision at the hole, he's a cutter with the ball in his hands and that's a skill you simply don't coach. Don't get me wrong, he can bring the wood and run over you but he has such a knack for making the right cut at the hole. In a lot of ways he can compare to Edgerrin because I don't think Edgerrin has great speed either. Both of them have such terrific hands out of the backfield but I think Baby J (the nickname for Javarris) has a better feel to slash and cut at the hole. For a big back that is a great ability to have.

I don't really know how he got interested in USC. It must be the national exposure they've been receiving on TV and everything. He told me recently that his top schools are USC, Miami, Oklahoma and Florida State but I don't know if Florida State will stay on that list after they signed Antone Smith (top RB in Florida last year). He's smart enough to understand depth charts to see where he might fit in. He's been offered so far by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Ohio State. My guess is all three in-state schools will offer and he could face family pressure to stay local but my personal feeling is that he won't follow EJ to Miami. His parents are saying they will let him make his own decision and, if that's the case, he may not go to Miami, Florida State has a big-time guy coming in as a freshman and Florida won't run the ball enough for him. If you look at it that way he could easily end up going out of state. We have a lot of kids from our school who go out of state so it's not that big of a deal. Javarris is a real sincere kid, he won't lead a school on if he doesn't have real interest."

James had 1,658 yards last season with 27 TD's and Weber says the team is loaded again this year with the whole OL coming back and three players expected to rank among the top 60 in the state. We'll be following Javarris throughout the process including summer camps. Weber said they will attend the South Florida team camp and maybe one more local camp, in addition to the Nike Camp, but Javarris probably won't be attending any out of state camps.


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