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James impresses at combine

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Nick James is an imposing figure at 6 feet 5 and 335 pounds plus the Long Beach, Miss., defensive tackle has done well at camps before so it was no surprise when he dominated the defensive line at last week's U.S. Army National Combine.
James wanted to also prove that he didn't just bull rush and overpower offensive linemen because that will only go so far especially if he wants to play at the elite college level.
The 2012 prospect said he wanted to show good techniques to beat his opponents during one-on-one drills.
"I wanted to prove that big 330-pound people can move and we don't always have to bull rush," James said. "We can use technique and do the stuff we learn at the camps.
"A lot of people misjudge me. A lot of people misjudge me and then they're out for the game."
Letters are coming in from all over for James, who thrived at the Baton Rouge NIKE Camp and the Football University Top Gun Camp this past off-season, and schools are starting to get more involved.
At the Army combine registration, James said he has picked up offers from Tennessee and Ole Miss and that he's waiting on a bunch of other programs.
Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Texas and many others are involved. More offers could start coming in soon because James has continued to prove he has the ability to be an elite defensive tackle.
"Recruiting is going pretty well," James said. "I get tons of letters at my house and tons of letters at my school. Offer-wise, I'm still waiting on some schools."
Although it's still early, James said at the combine registration that the Crimson Tide have an early lead in his recruitment. Alabama has been in touch but has not offered at this point.
"I like the past history of Alabama, it's always been a solid, all-around team," James said.
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