Quinten James is hot prospect

Vanderbilt has offered a commodious amount of players at the running back position in the Class of '13 in hopes of luring one or two to joining the Commodore program. One of those prospects is big-bodied back Quinten James from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga. The Commodore staff may face an uphill battle for James with a familiar SEC foe.

"It was during my sophomore year when Vanderbilt offered me," said Quinten James. "I have stayed in contact with the coaches. In fact, I just sent Coach Bankins a message on Facebook to let him know I was planning on visiting this spring. It's a well-known program with a good history. I'm definitely considering them, especially since they're in the SEC."

Vanderbilt offered James, 6-foot-1, 215-pounds at running back. Other programs, like Kentucky, think he might fit in well at outside linebacker.

"Kentucky was the first to offer me, and they have the upper-hand for that reason," James said. "They showed me interest from the get-go even before my sophomore year. I'm being recruited there by Coach Nord. They offered at outside linebacker, but said I could play running back if I chose to.

"Mississippi State and Georgia Tech, I believe, are close to offering. I'll be going to Mississippi State soon. I've taken an unofficial visit to Clemson who has offered. I'm hearing from UGA, and I'll be going to their spring game on [April] 14th."

Vanderbilt fans may remember the Commodores getting a commitment from North Cobb's Tre Griffin for last year's recruiting class. Things didn't work out between the two parties, and Griffin ended up signing with Georgia Southern in February. They're hoping it works out better with James who has put together two solid seasons as a starter for the Warriors.

"My junior season went fairly well," James said. "I thought my sophomore season was better, but looking at my junior highlights I think I did OK. I possess breakout speed, good field vision, and provide leadership in big moments. I can pick the team up and carry them on my back. In the Centennial game I had 11 carries on one drive and scored the game-winning touchdown."

North Cobb went 5-5 in 2011 and lost to Camden County in the first round of the Georgia Class AAAAA playoffs. James wants to have a better idea of where he's going to college by the start of the season because this group of seniors at North Cobb have been together since middle school. He thinks they can accomplish big things. Still, he wants to find the right fit before committing.

"I'd like to play running back, obviously," said James on a college position. "The position I'm offered at won't play a big factor in my decision though. What's more important to me is the relationship I have with my recruiting coach. I'd like to be on a campus with a great history of both academics and football."

James just finished up track season. He ran the 200 meter dash and the 4X1 relay. He was going to play on the lacrosse team, but opted on spending more time in the weight room and setting up recruiting visits. He reports a 3.0 GPA and all A's and B's in the 2011-12 calender school year.

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