Chicago (Ill.) junior wide receiver prospect Chris James (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) from Morgan Park High School made weekend visits to both Northern Illinois University and Purdue University, and James came away with his third scholarship offer from the NIU Huskies on Saturday.
"I headed up to Northern Illinois University on Saturday," James said. "I had a chance to watch a scrimmage and to get to know the coaches and the players. NIU has offered me a scholarship."
James, who now is touting early scholarship offers from Illinois, Kansas and Northern Illinois talked about his unofficial visit to DeKalb and his thoughts on getting an offer from the Huskies.
"NIU is playing a great schedule the next few years. They really have a great non-conference schedule and they are working really hard this spring. I'm excited to get an offer from NIU, and for me to have three early offers so far is a real blessing. NIU has a great coaching staff, and I know a bunch of players on the team which is a plus. I also enjoyed my talk with the receivers coach (Marquis Mosely). He definitely knows his stuff and he could help me get to the next level. I'm definitely interested in NIU."
James was also at Purdue on Sunday to watch the Boilermakers spring scrimmage.
"I really think that I could be the type of prospect that could make an impact at Purdue, and especially in the Boilermakers offense. I really like Purdue's offense, and I was surprised to see them running some option stuff in the scrimmage. That definitely gives it's offense a new dimension. The coaches at Purdue were really working the team hard all day, and the coaches kept stressing no letdowns to the players. Purdue lost some games in the last few minutes last year, and that was definitely a focus for them this spring."
"I liked a lot of things about Purdue. Besides the offense and the coaches, the players seemed really cool, like Kyle Williams. Kyle came up to us after practice and introduced himself and that impressed me. The indoor facility at Purdue is really nice and the facilities in general are very solid. The campus is quiet and seems laid back, it seems like your driving in corn fields and suddenly this town and campus pops up out of nowhere. I also enjoyed talking with the receivers coach (Bob DeBesse) and I also liked the routes that the Purdue receivers run in it's offense. I'll definitely consider Purdue."