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Mississippi State DB commit D.J. James sets 3 January official visits

It’s been a busy week for Spanish Fort senior cornerback D.J. James.

It looks like it will be a busy month of January as well.

The 6-foot, 170-pound senior has garnered scholarship offers from Nebraska, Oregon and Iowa in the past week and has set up visits to all three schools next month.

He has been committed to Mississippi State since February but opted not to sign a letter-of-intent during the early period earlier this month.

“It’s been kind of a crazy week,” James told late Thursday night.

James finished his senior year with 43 tackles, six interceptions and 16 pass break-ups for Spanish Fort and was named to the Class 6A All-State first team. He impressed coaches during practices for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, often going head-to-head with Auburn wide receiver commit George Pickens of Hoover.

“We had some really great DBs there,” said St. Paul’s coach Steve Mask, a defensive assistant for Alabama in the game. “In my opinion, he held his own as good as anyone there. He did a really great job of covering the kid from Hoover (Pickens). D.J. has great range. He’ll be a player for someone.”

James maintains that he is still committed to Mississippi State, but his options have certainly opened as the second, more traditional signing day approaches in February. He is scheduled to visit Nebraska on Jan. 11, Oregon on Jan. 17 and Iowa on Jan. 25.

“I’m excited to go to some places I’ve never been, meet some new people and get a feel for different schools to see which one is the best fit for me,” he said.

James said he also is holding the last weekend of January open for another visit in case he garners more offers after the end of the dead period following the national championship game. Could that include Auburn, which has not offered yet?

“Who knows what might happen,” he said. “I’m just going to look at all my opportunities.”

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There also is clearly some mutual interest between James and Alabama. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban visited Spanish Fort the week before the All-Star Game in Montgomery, but it is unknown if Alabama will have a spot for him after signing 23 before Christmas. The Tide also holds a commitment from unsigned Daphne defensive back Christian Williams.

“Only time will tell with them,” James said.

He said he is still talking to Mississippi State and is anxious to see most of his teams of interest play in bowl games.

The next National Signing Day is Feb. 6.

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