Most of Andre James' 16 scholaship offers are window dressing at this point. Now it seems only six of them matter.
James announces a top six of Oklahoma, Ohio State, USC, Oregon, UCLA and Utah. He'll likely attend one of the six and figuring which one will be a tall task. James admits that much. Narrowing his focus to six, however, was a necessity.
"The whole things takes a toll," James said. "Talking to all the coaches takes such a long time. I was like, 'ok, it's time to cut this down.' I felt solid with the coaching staffs and really liked what I saw or know about them."
James has visited the campus of each finalist except those of Oklahoma and Ohio State. He'll get to that this fall, though. James says he intends to take official visits to his five out-of-state finalists and use a few more unofficial visits to see nearby Utah.
In the case of the Buckeyes, though, James may get a sneak peak before the season.
"I'm going out to visit family in Ohio in late June, so I'll probably visit Ohio State while I'm out there," James said. "That's really the only visit on the schedule before I start to take those officials."
Going from 16 to six wasn't simple. James says he struggled with the decision. According to him, though, the hard part is yet to come.
"These are, like, my top six I always wanted," James said. "It's gonna be hard to pick. I'm just going to look for which program I fit with best, the best coaching staff to take me to the next level and how soon I'll play."