Just came from a one-on-one interview with North Gwinnett offensive tackle JaWuan James.
I’m not going to get into everything we talked about just now. You can check that out tomorrow morning when I run our Q&A in full. But I’ll give you just a taste here now and just give you my firsthand impressions.
First of all, I must pay my compliments to JaWuan’s parents and to coach Bob Sphire. I found him to be a very polite and engaging young man and incredibly articulate for a high school senior. A lot of times when you interview these blue-chip prospects they have to talk to so many people they don’t feel like opening up or putting forth much thought or effort into their answers. Now JaWuan is definitely being very careful about what he says, especially when it comes to the touchy subject of his “decommitment” to Alabama. But he does so without shutting down altogether.
Secondly, just from our exchange and our brief time together I’d say this battle is going to come down between Georgia and Tennessee. But he insists that Alabama remains a player, he visited Florida for the Tennessee game and he’ll be making an official visit to UCLA. So we’ll see.
So with that, I’ll just share his explanation for reopening his recruitment (which we’ve gotten into before in this space) and then save a lot of the details about his visit to Georgia this past weekend and his plans going forward for our Q&A tomorrow morning.
“Back when I committed (in May) and the Alabama probation stuff came out, I expressed to them my concerns about it,” James said. “I’ve talked to them about it since and they’ve been helping me throughout and trying to make me feel more comfortable. But I never felt the comfortability I felt back when I first committed to them. So there was that. But mostly I just felt like I needed to take a step back and just re-evaluate everything.”
The result, James said, he been somewhat chaotic. He has been inundated from both recruiters and recruiting services.
” I probably get about 20 calls a day, something like that. A lot,” James said. “It’s been rough. It’s kind of like it was when it all first started back in the spring. But my Mom, my parents and a lot of people are helping me get through this whole thing.”
That’s all for now. Tomorrow morning, find out who watched him play Friday night against Mill Creek, what happened on his trip to Athens and what his plans are going forward.