When Alabama holds its camp July 15-18, most of the players in attendance that don't have a Crimson Tide offer already will be hoping for one. Don’t lump four-star Alec James (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield East) among them.
The 6-foot-3, 219-pound prospect, ranked No. 29 nationally at defensive end, of course would not mind an offer, but that is not the goal in mind going into this coming weekend’s camp.
“It’d be nice to get an offer from Alabama,” the top player in Wisconsin said, “but that’s not my main goal. My main goal is to get the experience and feeling of everything, even being away from home. I’m open to other schools coming in but those are my top three.”
That top three he is referring to is Wisconsin, Michigan State and Notre Dame. An Alabama offer would surely cause him to reconsider, but the plan is to commit sometime soon after he returns home from the Tide’s camp.
A host of top players across the country will attend, and James wants to see how he stacks up against them. He had a chance to do that in June at the Nike Football Training Camp held in Champaign, Ill., but that was mostly against Midwest prospects. He wants an up-close look at what players in the heart of SEC country and the rest of the nation have to offer.
“I would say getting a chance to see how I match up with the players down south,” James said is what he is most looking forward to. “A lot of people say I’m an SEC type player. My main thing going down there is to see how people play and see how I match up against what people say is the top competition. It’ll be a good learning experience.”