Jamel James, three-star running back according to Rivals, committed to Texas State Jan. 27 and comes from Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas.
OE: You committed to the University of Notre Dame and the University of Arkansas before. Why’d you choose to play football for the Bobcats?
JJ: It’s just that Texas State is really close to home. It’s way closer than Arkansas (and) Notre Dame. I really wanted my mom, family and friends to be able to watch me play. I think all in all it just worked out best for me.
OE: Which coach at Texas State recruited you?
JJ: Coach (Craig) Naiver. He really didn’t try to sell me on anything. The only thing he really told me was that I should go to campus and see what’s up. It really helped too.
OE: Do you think the offense fits your running back style and personality?
JJ: Yes, it does. We ran the same kind of offense at my high school. I feel like I will be able to transition to Texas State’s playbook very well.
OE: How does it feel to be part of a program that is up-and-coming and in its second year of Division I football?
JJ: It feels really good. I’m excited that I will be able to come in and try to produce. I’m just really excited because I feel like we can compete for the Sun Belt Championship and do a lot of great things at Texas State.
OE: What is your favorite football memory from playing at Cinco Ranch High School?
JJ: I would have to say my freshman year of playing varsity. Our team went to Austin to play in the State-Semifinals game. It was a fun experience.
OE: How does it feel to be related to LeBron James and Jorvorskie Lane?
JJ: It’s cool. I mean, it has its advantages and disadvantages. They’re both on different sides of the family. LeBron is on my dad’s side and Jorvorskie is on my mom’s side. It is kind of cool to have a star on both sides of the family. All in all, it’s a good thing.
OE: Do you expect a lot of playing time coming in as a true freshman for the Bobcats?
JJ: I’m really just trying to come in as a true freshman and work really hard. I’m going to come in, learn the playbook and try my best.
OE: What are your expectations for the program while you are here at Texas State playing football?
JJ: I just want to get a better record (than) we have had for the past few years. I want us to get the program where it used to be back in the day when it was winning championships. I just really want to get the program some attention and contribute to the team the best way I can.