With the first game of the season already in his sights 2013 offensive tackle James Works of Columbia High School says he's anxious to suit up and put on a strong showing against Wilson High School. Various college coaches are set to be there to watch the game and it's then that Works is hoping to add some offers to his resume. The 6'5 280 pound prospect is hearing from BCS schools scattered across the southeast already and that's why he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com.
Last year was a positive one for Works as he put together a strong junior campaign. He talked about his numbers and his best showing of the year.
"I had a grading average of 90 and had 22 pancake blocks last season."
"Against Keenan High School I had my best game. I had 6 pancakes and locked the left side down."
His size and play last season already has a number of schools showing early interest too. After the conclusion of the season he was awarded the 2A Region Offensive Lineman Of The Year.
"I'm hearing from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Marshall, Appalachian State, Alabama, Wake Forest, and South Carolina State. Right now Clemson, Alabama, Marshall, and South Carolina State are recruiting me the hardest."
This off season Works made one visit and he talked about what he liked best about that trip.
"I visited Clemson. I really just like the atmosphere there. They take good care of their players there and the coaches making sure you're putting your best foot forward on and off the field."
Works says his footwork and pass blocking are where his strengths are currently on the field. He says he's been keying on getting stronger and improving his run blocking ability this off season.
Talking with Works he says his play on the field compares with a current NFL player.
When selecting a college Works says he'll heavily consider the coaching staff and the team's style of play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JAMES WORKS
Bench press: 310 pounds
Squat: 450 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.98 seconds
Pro shuttle: 5.0 seconds
Broad Jump: 7'0
A CLOSER LOOK...JAMES WORKS
Favorite food: Burgers
Favorite movie: The Waterboy
Favorite music artist: Chief Keef
Favorite subject in school: English
Dream school: Oregon
Dream date would be with: Taraji Henson
Favorite football player: Cam Newton
One thing that most people would be surprised to know about you: "I'm a game freak haha."