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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Darius James impressed on official visit

By Max Olson

Darius James came away from his official visit to Texas as impressed as ever with the school he’s been committed to since March.

The Longhorns’ top-ranked commit, from Harker Heights, Texas, was one of 10 Texas pledges who visited Austin from Friday through Sunday. The trip only further solidified his commitment.

“It was just what I thought it was when I committed,” James said. “This made it feel like home.”

Along with teammate and fellow UT pledge Naashon Hughes, the No. 1 center prospect mostly hung out with commits Deoundrei Davis and Kent Perkins during the weekend.

“The highlight for me was the banquet. The banquet was real nice,” James said. “On Saturday, we went to the Longhorn Network, we went to practice and then we went to Vince Young Steakhouse. That was pretty tight.”

Like Texas fans, James was interested to find out more about the three junior college prospects who took official visits to Texas this week.

James said he spent time with Contra Costa (Calif.) College tackle Desmond Harrison and Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College linebacker De'Vondre Campbell.

“Desmond, he’s real cool. He’s a laid-back kind of a dude,” James said. “I hung around with him a lot and he’s real cool. The other dude with the dreadlocks, De'Vondre Campbell, he was real cool, too. He’s tall and they say he’s one fast dude. I think they’re both interested.”

During the weekend, Texas coaches hammered home one key message to their commits: Be ready to work when you get here.

James, ranked No. 17 overall in the ESPN 150, said that’s what he took away from talking to both Mack Brown and offensive line coach Stacy Searels. He wants a shot at the starting center job when he gets on campus.

“[Searles] was just like, be ready to work when you get in here and everything will fall into place,” James said. “They just want me to be ready.”