James commits to Big East program

James commits to Big East program

He's one of the top corner prospects coming out of the California JUCO ranks this year, but El Camino CB Malik James (6-1, 190) doesn't have a big head. James has worked hard to get where he's at, both in the classroom and out on the gridiron. JCFootball.com caught up with the gifted cover-man and he updated us on things including where he plans to spend the next three years of his life...

"I committed to Cincinnati," James told JCFootball.com. "The coaches were here (on Thursday) and I told them I wanted to be a part of their program."

Besides his offer from Cincy, James also had offers from Akron, Boise State, New Mexico State, Kansas, Baylor and Washington.

"Washington has really been coming on strong for me, but I'm pretty much set on going to Cincinnati," James said. "I might, there's a small chance, take a visit to Washington if they want me to come up this coming weekend, but really I think I want to stick with the school I committed to."

James who was part of the 2007 recruiting class, but after a death in his family he left school and was prepared to never play the game again, but something kept drawing him back.

"That was a really tough time for me," James said. "I loved playing ball, but man, it was really hard and I had lost my will to play, but a couple of friends of mine were up at Elco and they talked me into coming out and I met with the coaches and they worked hard with me and that's why I'm where I am today."

As a true freshman for the Warriors, James used his excellent size and 4.38 speed to post 31 tackles and six passes defensed.

Because he was a full-qualifier out of high school, James will have four years to play three once he steps on campus.

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