Texas offensive line commit Darius James (Harker Heights, Texas/Harker Heights) suffered a broken left foot on Thursday night, Harker Heights coach Mike Mullins told HornsNation.
James, who is No. 17 in the ESPN 150, will have surgery on the foot Wednesday and is expected to be out six to eight weeks.
He injured his foot near the end of the second quarter of Harker Heights’ 18-3 loss to Round Rock Stony Point when an opposing player stepped on his foot.
James recorded a sack on the final play of the half, but he returned from the locker room for the second half in street clothes and on crutches.
ESPN’s No. 1 ranked center prospect initially told HornsNation he didn’t think the injury was serious and said he was being held out for precautionary reasons.
James broke a bone in his right foot during the summer but has fully recovered from that injury. He recorded two sacks on Thursday night while playing defensive end.
An Under Armour All-American, James is Texas’ top-rated verbal commitment for its 2013 recruiting class and the state's No. 2 prospect.