The headliner of the Springfield (Ohio) 2014 class is Thaddeus Snodgrass, but linebacker Davonte James is another Wildcat garnering BCS attention.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior is hearing from several programs, including Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
The Yellow Jackets are close to offering James, who is being recruited by assistant coach David Walkosky.
“They want to offer me,” James said. “(Walkosky) said they got to see me the first couple of games before they do. The coach said he really likes my film, but they got to see how I play.”
The beginning of the season is in jeopardy for James now, though. An opposing player rolled over James' right foot during a scrimmage on Saturday, and he spent the final two scrimmage sessions on the bench icing it. He will get an X-ray Monday.
James’ last camp of the summer came at the end of July, when he went to Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights. Several top 2014 linebackers nationally attended the event, and James said he was impressed with the competition.
Buckeyes assistant coach Tim Hinton and James talk from time to time.
“He tells me to keep working and do good and just keep scouting and looking at schools to go,” James said.
James grew up rooting for Notre Dame.