Chicago (Ill.) Morgan Park junior wide receiver prospect Chris James (6-foot-0, 177 pounds) now has 17 scholarship offers under his belt this spring.
"I have a total of 17 offers at this point," James said. "Things have sort of slowed down from an in school visitor standpoint, but I really can't complain at all with the amount of offers and recruiting interest I've received."
James has an early favorite.
"Even with all of the recent offers I've received, I would still call Illinois my favorite. I'm still looking hard at Illinois, Oregon, Ohio State, Tennessee, Purdue and Minnesota and those schools would be my early favorites. with the Illini has my leader."
So is James surprised at the amount of offers and recruiting interest he's received?
"I'm definitely surprised. I didn't think I would have no where near the amount of offers at this point than the class before us had at Morgan Park."
James also credits several former teammates from the Class of 2005 in helping him with his recruiting process.
"I give those guys a lot of credit because when they were being recruited they made sure to tell all of the college coaches to keep an eye out for us underclassmen. They have also tried to let us know about the ins and outs of recruiting. They talked about not trusting everyone in the process, and how it's important to ask as many questions of the coaches as possible."
James also has one simple goal in mind for the upcoming 2005 season.
"My own personal goal for this year is to simply win a state championship. I know that everyone will be doubting us again since we lost 11-12 starters from last year's team, but that's fine. We have a ton of starters back on offense and a young group of players who could be even better than the graduated group of players. Morgan Park is a stable loaded with talent and we'll be ready."
How much motivation does James and his Mustang teammates have after reaching the Class 7A state semifinals last year heading into this upcoming season?
"No one expected us to get as far as we did last year, and I'm sure no one will expect us to do it again this year. We'll take those lessons we learned last year and once we get to the semifinals again this year we'll adjust and be even more focused to get past that next step. Everyone says we had a team full of talent and that we didn't get there any other way, so we'll take that team full of talent again this year and see how far we can go."