James has a top four

Carmel (Ind.) ATH Isaac James has a top four entering his senior year.

Carmel (Ind.) High three-star athlete Isaac James has the ability to make plays on both sides of the ball and at multiple positions.

The 5-foot-11, 184-poound athlete, who has named a top four of Indiana, Missouri, Northwestern and Wisconsin, recaps a few of his summer trips and talks about his decision timeline.

Northwestern:

"I got to see more academic stuff this time at Northwestern," James said. "I actually got to see the classrooms and where the athletes eat and live. My family and I walked down by the lake, too. It was beautiful there."

"He (Pat Fitzgerald) said Northwestern only recruits players with good character and athletes that always put academics first," James said. "He talked about me playing both wide receiver and defensive back. I could play either and have the opportunity to change position once I got there."

Wisconsin:

"It was my first time at Wisconsin and I really enjoyed it," James said. "I got to stay in the dorms and hang out a lot with the players. I didn't know what to expect heading into the visit, but it was very lively and vibrant, even in the summer."

"It was similar to Northwestern because they take academics seriously as well," James said. "It's a highly regarded academic institution. They like me for defensive back. They are going to lose a few players at that position, so I could really have the opportunity to go in early and make a name for myself."

Indiana:

"I had been to Indiana a few times before, but this time I really got to know the players better," James said. "That was nice because I could see how I might fit in with future teammates. They think I could be a game changer at defensive back."

The other school in James' top four, Missouri, is likely to receive an official visit before James makes his final decision.

"I think I'll take at least a couple of official visits," James said. "Probably to Missouri and Wisconsin so my family can see it. They have seen Northwestern and Indiana."

James has those four high on his list, but he's not shutting down other options should they come his way.

"Those are the main four right now," James said. "I'm not going to rule anything out because I know that offers can come in late and other schools express interest, but those are the four I'm focusing on right now."

"What will matter for me will be the relationships with the coaches and if I feel like I can be a part of the school's family," James said. "I honestly don't know the determining factor right now. I don't think I can go wrong with any of the schools I'm considering."

James, who is ranked as the No. 87 wide receiver in the class of 2015, will start at quarterback for Carmel this season. A few snaps at defensive back is a possibility.

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