Two-way lineman Darius James (Harker Heights, Texas/Harker Heights) has heard it before. When you go to Texas’ junior day and get an offer, you’re supposed to commit.
James received the offer from the Longhorns, but he didn’t pull the trigger on the commitment. Instead, he has opted to let the process play out, at least for now.
That decision is good news for Oklahoma fans as James has an OU offer and is scheduled to attend OU’s second junior day March 3.
“I didn’t feel any pressure to commit at Texas," he said. "In the end, it’s going to be my decision so I have to be 100 percent sure."
What is James looking for? He said a winning tradition is important to him as is a sense of being comfortable. James said his college choice has to feel like home because that’s where he’s going to be the next four years.
He’s not sure if OU will be his home, but he liked his first visit to the campus last year and is eager to see the campus again.
“It had that real old-fashioned look, like something you would see in the movies,” James said. “You see the office with all the achievements and awards. It was real cool.”
James, 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, has been recruited by schools as an offensive lineman and defensive tackle. He admitted he likes playing defense better although most teams are looking at him on the offensive side of the ball. OU is one of those teams.
The last month has been exciting for James as he has been picking up offers on a weekly basis. He said one of the best things about the process has been learning just how interested some teams are.
“I had no idea some of these teams cared so much and had interest in me,” James said. “Teams like Mississippi State, Missouri, Arkansas, those aren’t teams I would have really thought knew who I was.”
He said he doesn’t have any favorites at this point and that every school is pretty much equal at this point. Following OU’s junior day, he plans to attend LSU’s second junior day on March 17.
James won’t be the only Harker Heights player in Norman on March 3 as teammate Naashon Hughes, being recruited as an athlete, is also scheduled to be at junior day. Hughes joined James at Texas’ junior day as well.
Playing both sides of the ball, James has a good understanding of the game, something he said helps set himself apart from other players.
“I’m real coachable and able to grasp everything that I’m being told,” James said. “I’m real fast with good feet. I don’t think a lot of people expect someone so big to be as quick as I am.”
James also has offers from Texas A&M, Baylor and LSU.