River Ridge (La.) John Curtis running back Raekwon James missed four games in 2012 with an ankle injury, but came back strong rushing for 371 yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries.
College programs have already taken notice of his potential with Mississippi State and Cincinnati showing the most interest. With the first offer has yet to come, he is keeping an open mind to any and every opportunity he may receive.
"I am open to go anywhere," James said. "I know I can play at the next level so I don't want to rule anyone out. Anyone that gives me a look I am going to give them a look."
As a junior, the 5-9, 175-pound back split time in a loaded John Curtis backfield. Sherman Badie (Tulane) and Tevin Horton (ULM) both took their talents to the FBS level following the 2012 season. Some may have looked at the situation with a negative mindset, but James looked to take advantage of the opportunities provided.
"Being here at Curtis can help me get to the next level because there are always coaches coming in here to see so many guys," James said. "If they see me they will see I can play."
Running back is not the only place he plans to contribute in 2013. James has his sights set on taking things up a notch on special teams as well.
"Special teams is something that can get you on the field early and if you are willing to do it and willing to work hard that will get you in the coaches favor because they see you putting in the effort," James said.
In addition to his to his contributions on the football field, James is also a standout guard on the basketball court.