Rated: James is not currently rated by Scout.com.
On Film: Whether it's as a returner or a receiver, James has the abilities that can translate to the next level. He moves quick with his cuts and has solid acceleration that allows him to outwit defenders, which was evident in his film. Westminster Academy utilized him a lot in wide receiver screens, getting him the ball quickly in the open field and allowing him to make plays happen with blockers leading the way. James has good body control, shows good hands in his routes and also packs a punch as a blocker, as seen by the highlight tape below.
Recruiting Impact: After signing seven players from Florida in the 2014 recruiting cycle, including sleeper athlete Austin Hudson from Tampa Plant, the Badgers found another under-the-radar gem in James. Likely not getting as much interest from some of the south's power schools because of his 5-11 height, James got recruited by Wisconsin because of his 4.33 40-yard dash speed. UW wants faster athletes on the field to be able to compete on a national level, something they've put an emphasis on in the last two recruiting cycles.
Although listed as a wide receiver, UW will likely use him as a return specialist first, although he could potentially play slot receiver. UW is likely going to take one, maybe two, receivers in the 2015 cycle.
Quotable: "Through the years, I have seen Wisconsin emerge as the big school, the top school, amongst other BCS teams. It really fired me up to get this offer. I wanted to jump right on the Wisconsin train and commit right away."
Final Thought: James' nickname is "bullet," which goes to tell you about the speed he is bringing to the table. He runs a 4.19 shuttle, a 10.82 in the 100-yard dash, a 21.51 in the 200 and a 48.04 in the 400; all times he feels he can improve on during offseason training for football and track. Wisconsin also needs to give a big thank you to incoming freshman receiver George Rushing, who is good friends with James and told the Badgers coach. Seems like the Badgers found an ace recruiter in Rushing.
The Badgers' first three commitments in the 2015 recruiting class have all come from different states and none from Wisconsin, showing how the Badgers are becoming known from coast to coast.