An early commit to Wisconsin in last year’s recruiting class and injured most of his senior season, James didn’t get much of an opportunity to showcase his talents for and impress other suitors. That was good news for Wisconsin, who jumped in on him early thanks to sophomore receiver George Rushing telling former wide receiver coach Chris Beatty about James’ skills.
The only receiver UW took last recruiting cycle, James’ most impressive accomplishment isn’t on the football field. A stellar track athlete, James competed for Team USA in 400 meters at 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, not to mention winning a gold medal in 400 meters (48.25) and a bronze in 200 meters (21.50) at U.S. Youth Olympic Trial.
It’s speed UW will certainly try to exploit in the future in the offense and on special teams.
Returning for a six season, Badger Nation does a meet and greet with the newer members of the Wisconsin football team, shedding a light on some of the unknown kids that figure to be important parts of the Badgers’ future.
Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.
What’s been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?
James: Time management is the biggest thing. Football takes up a large portion of time and being able to balance school, as well as social life was the biggest challenge for me.
What’s been the hardest part adjusting to college football?
James: The conditioning is a lot tougher. I loved every second of it. In camp it was a lot tougher. We’re here from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. pretty much every day. It’s a lot bigger portion of our time.
Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?
James: Health, first and foremost, was a big concern for me. The weight training staff has had a big part in me building my muscle the right way. Hamstring wise I hadn’t been up to health. It’s just been good conditioning, putting on some weight and getting better that way.
What do you think your strengths are right now where you can help this team and what are your biggest areas of weaknesses?
James: Right now I have to perfect my craft in terms of running routes. I am stuttering at the top of my routes. My strength is definitely my speed.
How is Madison different than your home town of Fort Lauderdale?
James: Big changes. The city is a bit bigger. It’s more of an up-tempo city, as well as the weather. It’s much more humid up here.
Do you have any idea what you want to study in college?
James: I am undecided in terms of what I’m studying.
What’s your favorite place on the Madison campus?
James: I’ve been to the Terrace a few times. I really enjoy the Terrace.
What’s your least favorite place on campus?
James: Probably being inside at my home. I like to be out.
What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?
James: Over the summer I liked to chill with my roommate Bradrick (Shaw). We had a lot of fun together, just going out and doing certain things.
Who are you going to live with this fall? How are those relationships?
James: I’m living with David Edwards. We get along really well together, which is great.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learn about David?
James: We’re both similar people. We’re quiet, laid-back people, and we respect each other. When we’re tired we just go to sleep.
Where does your biggest support come from?
James: Biggest support I would say my family, as well as my teammates. The teammate atmosphere here is great. Everybody helps you if you are down and they pick you up.
What’s your parents’ reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?
James: They are extremely excited and they’ve just had my back through it all.
What was the main reason why you committed to Wisconsin?
James: Just the atmosphere here. There is no other atmosphere like Wisconsin and here in Madison, which is such a college town.
What is like putting on that Wisconsin jersey every day and getting a chance to run out on to the field for a home game?
James: The biggest thing for me is just the fact that I get to work and get better every day.