"I kind of already knew I wanted to go there," James said. "I just wanted to go there and confirm it."
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound back would seem to be a perfect fit in Oregon's fast-paced offense. James said he very much enjoyed his first live glimpse of it.
"It was just what I expected," James said. "Fast tempo, scoring touchdowns and getting a win."
James also held offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State and UCLA.
A constant downpour couldn't sway the talented back from his ultimate decision.
"The weather didn't really bother me," he said. "I was still smiling like a kid at the candy store. I just loved being up there, around a great staff and a great team. It was a dream come true."
James was joined by Oregon recruit Henry Mondeaux (Portland, Ore./Jesuit), and was scheduled to be joined by ESPN 300 athlete Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East), although Quick didn't wind up making the trip. James said he had a feeling Mondeaux could join him in Oregon's 2014 recruiting class.
The Ducks now have nine commitments, and James gives them three ESPN 300 prospects, including two ESPN 300 running backs -- big-back Royce Freeman (Imperial, Calif./Imperial) is the other. That pairing should give Oregon a dynamic thunder and lightning combination in this class. It also makes the running back situation an interesting one for Oregon, as ESPN 300 tailback Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) is seriously considering the Ducks as one of his finalists. It remains to be seen whether Mixon will still Oregon a serious look with both Freeman and James on board, but there is no doubt that coach Mark Helfrich will be plenty happy with the two backs on board.