June 7, 2011
Top 2013 OL makes impression in Austin
It's still a little early to give any labels to the 2013 recruiting class inside the state of Texas, but it's looking to be the Year of the Big Kid.
Although we're still nearly two years removed from their signatures hitting any letters of intent, the number of big-time offensive and defensive line prospects within the Lone Star State's borders gives hope that 2013 might be the best line class in more than a decade.
Headlining the group is Killeen (Texas) Harker Heights two-way standout Darius James (No.3 on the 2013 LSR list), who happened to make a starring appearance at the Texas summer camp on Sunday. Although the majority of the 2013 prospects that Texas is recruiting will attend the June 12th camp, James was among a handful of players from his class that showed up to test his skills against an older group of players that included most of the 2012 Longhorn commitments.
For James, the decision to come to the first camp was a rewarding one.
"It went real good," James said. "I had a lot of fun, eve n though I was a little sick and wasn't at 100%. I thought I did pretty well and the main thing was that everything was fun."
The 6-5, 319-pound James is being recruited on the defensive side of the ball by many schools, but the Longhorns appear most interested in his skills on the offensive side of the ball and it's where the Texas coaches had him focus his attention during the one-day festivities.
"I played left guard and center pretty much the entire day," James said. "The main thing that stood out to me was the intensity and how excited the coaches were."
Although the recruiting process is just getting started, James has already made repeated trips to the 40 Acres in the last year and the Longhorns figure to be a key school in his recruitment once things really start to heat up.
In fact, James appears to have a high enough opinion of the school that Sunday's events did little to change his previous feelings on the Longhorn program.
"I've always thought they were a good school, so nothing really changed," James added. "I felt very comfortable."
As far as the immediate future is concerned, James will now turn his attention to turning more heads at a variety of in-state camps in the coming weeks.
"I've got the Baylor camp next Sunday and on the 13th I'm going to be at the Oklahoma State satellite camp. I'm also going to the Texas A&M camp from July 15-17."
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