GHS's James receives UF offer


Tony James (3), who played at Buchholz last season before transferring to Gainesville High this summer, returns a kick against the Chiles Timberwolves at Citizens Field last year.

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Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.

It has been a busy summer for running back Tony James. Earlier in July, the three-star rising junior transferred from Buchholz to Gainesville High and immediately began a training program with the Hurricanes.

As he begins to get settled in with his new team at GHS, James has been taking things a step farther.

Along with Hurricanes teammate Chris Thompson, who verbally committed to Florida on Monday, James has been a familiar face amongst UF football practices.

“I am out here almost every day, hanging with the coaches, talking to the players watching them practice. (The coaches) have me concentrating on route running, keeping the ball under control and just overall working out with the team,” James said.

“And Chris (Thompson), I am very happy for him, he got an offer because of the work he has put in, it is what he deserves.”

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound James, who rushed for 583 yards on 74 carries for the 1-9 Bobcats last year, added to his summer list as he participated in the annual Friday Night Lights camp held at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

In addition to an offer from UF, James has received offers from Georgia Tech, Miami, Ohio State, UCF and UCLA. Although he has yet to commit, there is a silver lining for Gator Nation — Florida tops his list.

“(FNL) was a good experience and I am very happy about my situation with the Gators,” James said.

“I saw a lot of people that I haven't seen before and some that I have seen from other camps around the state like in Miami — I am satisfied with how things went out there.”

Other than his offer to play at Florida, James said his relationship with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is “strong” and that they have been in contact.

“Coach Meyer and I, we have talked on the phone and he has offered me a scholarship (to play at OSU), he has also said I can come up there for a visit,” James said.

“Coach Meyer used to come to our practices at Buchholz and I have always been a fan of the things he did down here in Gainesville.”

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