Four-star Jordan James (5-10, 190, 4.4) from Corona, Calif., made his college choice known tonight. It came down to four schools and they were Arizona, Cal, UCLA and Washington.
"I committed to UCLA," James said. "I was originally going to commit during the Under Armor All-American Bowl in January, but I moved it up because I was tired of the recruiting process so I picked this day because I was still going to be able to it on TV and let everybody know that I picked UCLA.
"The main thing for me was Coach Rick Neuheisel always talks about his program and that he wants it to be like a family," James said. "And that's what I liked and since I'm a family guy that went good with me.
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One thing that makes this commitment interesting is UCLA has a nice group of talented running backs already there and another four-star committed in Malcolm Jones already committed to the Bruins bodes well for both of the incoming backs that they are not shy to competition.
James went on an official visit to Arizona just this past weekend.
"Arizona was a good trip," James said. "I just chose UCLA because of a gut feeling."
James and his Corona teammates will take on State Champs, Corona (Calif.) Centennial tomorrow. The Bruins get a back who rushed for 214 yards against them and he may have been the only guy to get triple figures against the champs last season and went for over 200.
To give you an indication how big that is, Centennial has two true freshmen getting significant playing time for Arizona State in three-star defensive tackle William Sutton and five-star linebacker, Vontaze Burfict.
Ever the grateful teammate, James doesn't take the credit for his great performance against the state champs.
"It wasn't just me," James said about his game against Centennial. "It was my line mostly."
Truth be told, that is a very team oriented approach, but there were plenty of other talented backs that didn't have the success that James had against Centennial, with lines just as good.
The Bruins get a talented back here in James.