January 26, 2011

2012 star mulls visit to UA

Long Beach (MS) defensive tackle Nick James has already established himself as one of the biggest prospects, both literally and figuratively, in the state of Mississippi for the Class of 2012. The 6-foot-5, 335-pound lineman has already earned early offers from Ole Miss and Tennessee and is beginning to attract attention from nearly every program in the SEC as well as other top programs from around the nation.

"I'm starting to hear from a lot of schools and I really feel like a few of them are pretty close to offering," James said. "Other than Ole Miss and Tennessee, the ones I hear from the most are Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State. I am definitely happy with the way things have gone for me so far in the recruiting process but I feel like it's really about to start going to another level."

The Crimson Tide has targeted James as a potential nose guard candidate for their 3-4 defensive scheme and have begun to step up their recruitment of the future star.

"Alabama has been really high on me and they really like where I'm at as far as size and strength right now. Coach Saban really likes to have a lot of size and power there in the middle of the line and he thinks I can play a role kind of similar to what Terrence Cody did there a couple years ago. I have a great relationship with the coaches there at Alabama and I really like that they are a program that is strong every single year. They aren't just a one season wonder."

"I definitely want to try to make it to Alabama's junior day this weekend if I can. It will come down to whether my ride comes through but I want to make it."

In the meantime, James isn't planning on making a quick decision and said he will likely spend the spring focused on school rather than taking recruiting-related visits.

"I'm not focused on anything this spring other than school and working out. I have solid grades and I'm working to get my test scores up but I feel really good about that. I just have to keep working hard and staying focused."

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