An Open Spot for James

Getting offered by Wisconsin after the school's junior day, Brookfield East (Wis.) defensive end Alec James sat in on UW's meetings and practice Saturday, and got a firm indication from the Badgers' coaching staff on how important he will be to their program.

MADISON - One of six in-state prospects to watch Wisconsin's second spring practice, Alec James has said the last month has gotten ‘a little busier' since the Badgers offered him following their February junior day.

But instead of being consumed with his recruitment and taking college visits, the 6-4, 225-pound defensive end/tight end from Brookfield East has been primarily concerned with his track season in which he does the 100 meter, 200 meter, 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay and the shot put.

He can afford to, because the Badgers coaches said they would wait for him and his decision.

"They told me that they really want me and they told me how many scholarships that they have," James told Badger Nation. "If I commit there, they said they would hold one for me. They know that I don't want to rush into a decision, and they are completely fine with that.

"It means a lot, but I am not going to put them ahead of everyone else. I just want to keep an open mind."

Making his first visit to Madison since the end of February, James watched practice, sat in on position meetings, had one-on-one meetings with the coaches and got to have a meeting with a player panel comprised of in-state players like Bryce Gilbert, Melvin Gordon, Jeff Lewis, Marcus Trotter and Michael Trotter to name a few.

"It was real interesting because the six of us got a lot of one-on-one time and got to watch practice," James said. "It was interesting to see how they work together and how they have good team chemistry. It was good talking to the players and finding out about college life."

In addition to Wisconsin, James has offers from Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota and Western Michigan. James plays primarily at defensive end for East (where he recorded 86 tackles and 12.5 sacks last season) and the Badgers are recruiting him as a rush defensive end.

"I'll probably visit some more people on spring break," said James. "I am not really sure yet, but I might visit Michigan State and Minnesota."

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