Timing is critical during the college football recruiting process and for DJ James it will be a busy home stretch. The Spanish Fort (Ala.) defensive back and Alabama All-Star selection has several official visits to take before coming to a final decision to either stick with his longtime commitment to Mississippi State or ink elsewhere.
Friday marked a couple of firsts for the tail end of the process as the January contact period opened up. Just before he left for the airport for the first flight of his life in order to take an official visit to Nebraska, the Oregon staff got an in-home visit in via cornerbacks coach Donte Williams.
“They were just telling me about everything going on there,” James said. “It was a quick run down of what they do there and that I can play early. I learned I am a priority for Oregon and that they want me to come in and play early.”
Williams has been in consistent contact with one of the top defensive backs in the Yellowhammer State since the Ducks offered in December.
“He was there about an hour and a half,” he added. “He knows exactly what he is doing and is an excellent coach.”
Committed to Mississippi State since February 2018, James hasn’t wavered on the solidity of the pledge through the late interest. But should he eventually change his mind it’s clear Oregon is going to factor into the final mix.
“One of the top!” he said.
Official visits to Nebraska (this weekend), Oregon (next weekend) and Iowa (the following weekend) remain set for the three-star prospect. USC and in-state Auburn are interested as well.
James is currently pegged as the No. 69 cornerback prospect according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings. On 247Sports he sits much higher, checking in at No. 47 among senior cornerback prospects and as the No. 16 recruit in the state of Alabama.