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Monday, February 4, 2013
IU's Wilson impresses 2014 RB James

By Jared Shanker

For a running back, it is hard to not like the idea of playing under one of the coaches who prepped 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson for his professional career. Junior running back Chris James (Niles, Ill./Notre Dame) got to meet that person Saturday.

James, recently offered by Indiana, was at the Hoosiers’ junior day Saturday and spoke with coach Kevin Wilson, who was once Oklahoma’s running game coordinator and offensive coordinator. James said he feels Wilson, entering his third season at Indiana, is building a prolific offense at Indiana just like he did at Oklahoma.

“They're confident as a school,” James said. “They feel like they’re going to win. They got all the confidence going into the season this year.”

Although Indiana was primarily a passing team in 2012, James said he likes the offense and the opportunity to play early. Wilson and running backs coach Deland McCullough told James he could see a handful of carries as a freshman.

James spoke with a few Indiana players including Shane Wynn and quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Both were selling him on the home feeling they have at Indiana as both are from out of state.

“[Sudfeld] came from California and he was telling me he couldn’t see himself anywhere else,” James said. “If they can make him feel like that then there must be something great about the school.”

With four offers in hand, James is receiving a lot of attention, but he isn’t looking to make a list of favorites just yet. Indiana was not pressuring him to become a Hoosier either, which added to the comfort level he felt in Bloomington.

“They have given me something to think about,” James said. “They weren’t too worried about [a commitment]. They were trying to get to know me as a person and that means a lot.”