But since naming his top three and gaining a scholarship offer from Wisconsin, the 5-10, 207-pound running back decided he needed to slow down the entire recruiting process. Basically for James, that means no more top three.
"I'm still enjoying the whole process," James told Badger Nation. "I'm still really open with schools. I don't really have a set top three. I can pick which schools that are kind of leading the charge, probably Michigan State and Pittsburgh. It's tough. I really do like Michigan State but I think I like them all about the same (since) I visited Pitt, Michigan State and Wisconsin."
It was rumored James – a four-star prospect and the No.29 running back in the country by Fox Sports Next - was leaning toward Michigan State, and that he was rethinking his options with an offer from Wisconsin. The real reason, however, the running back isn't making a quick decision is because of his grandmother.
"Whatever grandma says goes," James said. "She said to wait until my officials. I told her I kind of want to make a decision before the season but she said, don't rush it, don't rush it, just enjoy the process, so we'll see."
He is taking the advice seriously, which means a decision might not be made until after the season starts.
"Maybe within the first few games I should definitely know where I'm planning to go," James said. "I'm enjoying it and still looking."
"I'm letting the offers come in and then during the season I can narrow things down," James said. "I try not to limit myself and try to lead with my heart. If my heart is in say California and that's where I'm supposed to be at then I'll go there. I'm definitely not limiting myself with recruiting."
While he hasn't visited the campus this summer, James has already taken a trip to Wisconsin and the opportunity to play as a running back excites James.
"Wisconsin obviously has a great history with running backs so it's hard not to want to go there," James said. "I mean the whole coaching staff has always built their game plan around their running backs and the whole offensive scheme. It's definitely one of the attributes I'm looking for when I'm considering a school."
This means Wisconsin is still on James radar, but Badgers fans will have to convince his grandmother if they want to see him on the field next season.
"Hopefully more schools offer," James said. "I talked to my grandmother about them so I decided to take her advice to not rush it and enjoy it, because once it's gone, it's gone."