UW makes offer to James

Washington didn't take one true running back prospect in the 2009 recruiting class, but this year they're already hot on the trail of several top California running backs. Corona (Ca.) RB Jordon James is a player with speed to burn and the confidence to get it down on the field. He recently hauled in an offer from the Huskies and he talked about that plus his plans for the the spring and summer...

"I got offered by Washington last week sometime," James told Dawgman.com. "It was real cool because coach (Steve) Sarkisian was on our coach's speaker phone and they called me and my teammate (Demetrius Wright) into the office and he offered us on the phone."

As a sophomore, James posted 1,405 yards and 12 touchdowns while earning First Team All-League and Sophomore All-State Team honors as well.

This past season he had hoped to have a big year and he was off to a great start racking up 1,135 yards and 12 touchdowns in the first five games of the season before breaking two bones in his right forearm and missing the rest of his junior campaign.

"Oh man, that was real frustrating," James admitted. "It was so hard to know the season was over for me and that I couldn't help my teammates during the season, but I'm 100-percent now and I plan on a big senior year this coming fall."

Because he's such an outstanding student as well as a talented player, James has already garnered offers from Duke, Stanford, California, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado and Tennessee as well as his offer from the Dawgs.

"Washington is a school I want to check out, but funds are tight right now," James said. "I'm sitting down with my family sometime this spring to talk about things and if I can manage to make it out to some schools.

"UCLA, USC and a few other schools are looking at me and they are both close so I should be able to get out and check them out."

So what sets James apart from some of the other talented running backs out there?

How about a 4.46 electronically timed 40 or a 4.26 hand-held, a 40-inch vertical and a 325 pound bench press before he broke his arm...

"I can run inside or outside," James said. "I'm a player who doesn't like to be thought of as one-dimensional, but honestly I probably feel much more comfortable in space and out on the edge where I can use my speed and quickness."

We'll continue to track James' recruiting progress and update things as they change.

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