MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Ever wonder what would lure a small town boy to Morgantown? Sam James wondered, too, and then he found out.
Just a few days ago, James, a Richmond Hill (Ga.) wide receiver, announced that he was committing to West Virginia University. James was recently at WVU’s camp and stood out to just about every person who was there. But WVU wasn’t the only school that coveted James. When it came down to seriously considering schools, James said it came down to WVU, Maryland, Mississippi State and Cincinnati.
What set WVU apart?
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“The community and how it’s in the middle of the mountains and its secluded area,” James told BlueGoldSports.com.
For the majority of recruits, it is hard and takes a lot of time to figure out where exactly you want to go to school. You have to decide on where you want to spend the next few years of your life. For James, being from a small town like Richmond Hill, with a population right around 12,000 in the southern half of Georgia, it didn’t take long for him to realize that he wanted to call WVU home.
“I had a great university chasing after me, but after the visit to Motown it was an easy choice,” he said.
Almost 10 hours of driving and 640 miles separates Richmond Hill from Morgantown, so he won’t have the chance to return home very much once he begins his career at WVU. But it doesn’t seem to bother the wideout.
“My mom is excited about my decision besides the fact that it’s so far away,” James said. He went on to say that even though the distance is far, his family is happy with his decision as long as he is.
When it came to the football side of things, James has the potential to be electrifying once he arrives in Morgantown in 2018. He has a 40 yard dash time of 4.3, and won a state title in the 400-meter even this year in track. Mountaineer fans can already envision Will Grier — if he doesn’t declare for the NFL draft after this season — throwing it deep to a wide open 6-foot-2 James after blowing by the defense.
James, a three-star prospect, said that coach Dana Holgorsen complimented him on just how explosive he was and was impressed with how he used his speed to his advantage.
James also realizes that he has a long way to go if he wants to succeed. The main thing that he wants to get out of this season is his footwork.
“I’m fast enough to do it,” he said. “I feel like I’m strong enough to do it and my mind is there. I just need my feet to be on the same page as my body.”
Even though James still has another year of high school left before officially becoming a Mountaineer, WVU fans should be excited for this potential diamond in the rough.
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