When asked by College of San Mateo secondary coach Tim Tulloch where he wanted to play football next season, cornerback James Julian told Tulloch that he wanted to play at the University of Cincinnati. Tulloch thought it was an interesting first choice for a player from San Mateo county, but Tulloch decided to help Julian.
Although Tulloch didn't know any of the coaches at Cincinnati, he placed a cold call to the Bearcats on Julian's behalf. Low and behold, the coach responsible for recruiting that area was former San Jose State head coach Dave Baldwin, a coach Tulloch had met several times. Baldwin and Tulloch spoke about Julian and Baldwin said that he was familiar with him and was very interested in him.
Baldwin and another assistant coach from Cincinnati attended CSM's final game of the regular season and offered Julian on the spot. He will visit the campus the weekend after San Mateo's bowl game and may very commit while on his trip. A great turn of events for a fine player.
Julian had been offeed by San Diego State, but with the coaching staff up in the air at this time, nothing was solid with the Aztecs.
Julian (5-11, 175) is a graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School near San Mateo. He was a part-time starter as a freshman as a nickel back. He is one of the fastest cornerbacks in Norhtern California, having been consistently timed between 4.4 and 4.5 seconds in the forty. He just missed being selected for the JCFootball.com Top101 list.
Heading into the final game of the season, Julian was tied for 7th in the state with five interceptions. He has returned those five interceptions for 120 yards and one touchdown.Photos courtesy of Linda Herman.