Craig James  
Craig James

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Edwardsville, Ill.

High School:
Edwardsville HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 180

Position:
DB


OVERVIEW: Listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports • ESPN ranked him as the No. 27 player in Illinois, while 247Sports had him at No. 32 • is the No. 48 defensive back in the nation accoring to ESPN and is No. 69 by 247Sports and No. 80 by Scout.

ESPN ANALYSIS: Plays with very good strength as he can fight off receivers • speed is very good • ability to break away from defenders as a kick returner • sees and understands the game well • positions himself to make plays he is not responsible for • reacts to what he sees very quickly and confidently • way above average coverage skills • can move his feet, flip his hips and catch the ball • in man coverage he shows very good make-up speed but is usually disciplined enough to stay on top of receiver • in zone coverage he gets his eyes back into the quarterback and once the ball is thrown displays a good ability to cover ground • solid run support player.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attends Edwardsville High School • helped lead his team to a 12-1 record as a senior, as the Tigers advanced to the Class 7A semifinals • named first team All-Southwestern Conference, 2013 St. Louis "All-American" Football Team and honorable mention All-State • made 28 tackles • picked off four passes and broke up three more • returned two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns • second-team all-state defensive back for Class 7A, first team All-Southwestern Conference and first team All-St. Louis Metro as a junior • made 23 tackles, grabbed six interceptions and recovered two fumbles • scored three of his six touchdowns on returns (two on kickoff returns and one on an interception return) • team went 10-2 and advanced to the Class 7A quarterfinals • as a junior was a member of school's 800-meter relay team, which won a state title with a time of 1:27.98.