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TCU trying to crack James' top group

Alec James (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield Central) has an interest in moving out of the Midwest and playing his college football in the South. Now, he has one more option.

TCU offered James on Wednesday after showing interest for the better part of the last month. The Horned Frogs join Clemson and Vanderbilt as teams down south to offer the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end.

Assistant coach Chad Glasgow called James earlier this week and then flew up to Wisconsin a few days later to check out James at his high school. It was a bit of an eye-opener for James, who doesn’t know much about TCU aside from the fact it beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl two seasons ago.

Glasgow was selling James on the idea of being a top pass-rusherd in a pass-happy league such as the Big 12.

“Pretty much the biggest factor is that it is in the Big 12, which is a passing league where you’re going against a lot of top quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III,” James said. “There’s pretty much an opportunity for sacks. That was the main thing we talked about: moving to the Big 12 and what it meant to me as a player.”

James has a top four of Clemson, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, but with his limited knowledge about TCU, he isn’t sure where the Horned Frogs would rank on his list.

“I’m still learning a lot about the schools,” he said. “It’s hard to say if it’s up there or not.”