Badgers One of James' Favorites

Carmel (IN) High athlete Isaac James is favoring five schools at this point in his recruitment, one of which is Wisconsin because of the relationship he and his family have developed with some of the coaches.

When a prospect’s offer list reaches double digits, it can be challenging to visit all the schools that have offered or are showing interest.

Isaac James - a three-star wide receiver from Carmel (IN) High School - has done a good job so far of being proactive and visiting colleges that make up both of those lists.

Because of that, the 5-11, 180-pound prospect feels confident narrowing his 11 scholarship offers down to five favorites: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Northwestern and Wisconsin.

“All five of those schools have offered me and are showing me the most interest right now and I have interest in them as well,” James told BadgerNation. “I’ve been able to visit Northwestern, Illinois, and Indiana and I enjoyed all three of those visits.”

“I still need to visit Wisconsin and Missouri,” James added. “Missouri I may not be able to visit until the season so I may take an official visit there. Wisconsin I think I may still be able to visit this summer, but they want me to come sometime during a weekend.”

Even though James hasn’t been able to visit Madison, the coaching staff has made him a priority with weekly phone calls.

“I talk with either Coach Ben Strickland or T.J. Woods two to three times a week,” James said. “I’ve been talking with Coach Strickland a little bit more as of late but both are good guys and they’re both easy to get along with. I talked to Coach Strickland about a week ago. We talked about when I could come for a visit and how Wisconsin could fit me socially and academically. He just wants me to see it because he thinks I would enjoy Madison.”

In addition to James building a strong relationship with Strickland and Woods, both coaches have left an impression with James’ parents.

“My parents were really excited when they had a chance to speak with both of them,” James said. “They talked to them about what college football is like for the student athlete and what the academics are like at Wisconsin, which I know they enjoyed hearing. It is also important for them to get to know who I’m talking with at Wisconsin so they can start to feel comfortable with them.”

James plays quarterback for his high school, but projects better to wide receiver or defensive back at the next level. According to James, Indiana and Northwestern like him at wide receiver but Northwestern also thinks he could play on defense. Missouri likes him as a defensive back, and Wisconsin is recruiting him as an athlete.

“They see me as an athlete,” James said. “They say I could be a wildcat quarterback or line up at receiver but it seems like that they think of me more as a defensive back. I don’t have a preference what I play I just want to be able to get on the field and to be able to help the team.”

Regardless of what position James plays in college he is confident that he can make the switch.

“I think being an athlete that I’d be able to adjust and learn the nuances of each position,” James said. “I have good feet, which would help out at either position, I’m quick, and I’m a pretty fast learner, so I think the transition would be easy.”

In addition to his five favorites, James also would consider Louisville or Ohio State should either school offer. James camped at Louisville on June 16 for the Cardinals’ quarterback camp and visiting Columbus on June 20.

“While I was at (Louisville), I saw the dorms and some of their facilities,” said James. “(At) Ohio State, I got a campus tour and had a chance to talk with the coaches more then I did at Louisville.”

James plans to narrow his offer list down soon so he can start planning out his official visits.


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