James prepped at Callaway High School in Jackson, Mississippi, but he was unable to qualify, so he headed to the one program that made him feel like they could get him moved on to the next level.
"I didn't qualify, but my grades are much better now," James told JCFootball.com. "The coaches here made me feel more comfortable and I felt like I could trust them."
As a freshman this past season, James led the Eagles with 67 tackles to go along with four tackles for loss and one fumble recovery all while playing out of position.
"Right now I play inside to help the team but I'm a true outside linebacker," James noted. "I've stopped the biggest of backs and I can rush the quarterback really well.
"My coverage skills aren't were they should be right now but it's not bad at all and I am working on that this offseason."
On the recruiting front, things have been a bit on the slow side, but that could change once the season gets underway.
"So far, I don't have any offers, but I have been talking to Utah State and Minnesota the most," James said. "The schools I've been talking to said they have to see my film from the upcoming season before they can officially offer me."
Galloway, who currently sports a 2.7 GPA, is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.