JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - He may be little, but so were Barry Sanders, Darren Sproles, Warrick Dunn and plenty of other successful running backs. St. Augustine, Fla. running back Brandon James gave defenders and opposing coaches headaches last year and looks to continue that this year.
"The rain delayed us out here for a while, but I just wanted to come out and dominate," James said. "That was our motto for the season and we did come out and dominated tonight. When I came out and broke that touchdown early, I think it set the tone."
James scored three touchdowns in a 28-0 win over First Coast. Two touchdowns rushing and one came as a punt return.
The 5-foot-6, 167-pound James attended the NIKE camp in Miami where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds, the shuttle in 4.12 seconds and posted a 30-inch vertical jump.
"I have the speed and agility to really hit the hole hard and get through there," James said. "My offensive line really opened up some big holes for me tonight. A lot of teams underestimate me because of my size, but I believe that is my strength because I have strong legs and there isn't much to grab to get me on the ground."
James is ranked as a three-star prospect and the nation's No. 16 all-purpose back by Rivals.com.
"Penn State, Louisville and South Carolina are my top three," James said. "Penn State has a great tradition and they had a real good recruiting class last year and are trying to get back on top. Louisville was No. 1 or No. 2 in just about every offensive category, so that would be a good offense to play in. Spurrier runs that fun and gun up at South Carolina, I think he would be a fun guy to play for."
James already has an official visit set up to Penn State for October when the Nittany Lions host Ohio State.
"I will take official visits to these three schools during the season," James said. "I am going to leave the other two visits to be able to take them after the season if I decide to take them."