Commitment: Georgia lands 2022 four-star running back Jordan James
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In just the last four days, Georgia has landed three top recruits, with the newest being four-star Jordan James from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Per the 247Sports Composite, James is the No. 179-ranked player nationally, No. 17 running back and the third-best in the Volunteer State. With James’ commitment, Georgia is closing in on the No. 1 spot in the 247Sports Composite team rankings. He chose UGA over Oklahoma and Tennessee. He also had offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State and others.
Georgia running backs coach Dell McGee was the lead recruiter for James. which isn’t a surprise knowing his great track record. In the past, Rivals.com named McGee the 2018 National Recruiter of the Year after the Bulldogs signed the consensus No. 1-rated recruiting class.
With the addition of James, he is the second commitment of 11 in Georgia’s 2022 class that is on the offensive side of the ball. He joins five-star quarterback Gunnar Stockton as the only other guy with nine others being defensive-minded players. James is the third recruit in the Bulldogs’ next recruiting cycle that is from outside the state of Georgia.
A big part of James’ game is his speed and vision. He can cut through holes and avoid defenders while remaining balanced. He’s not an every-down back, although he has the potential to be. On film, he’s great in pass protection, which is a great thing to already possess if you want to play for Kirby Smart. His high school coach also uses him out of the backfield as a pass catcher as well in down-and-short situations.
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound back rushed for 1,752 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2020 while averaging nearly 9.4 yards per carry. He also hauled in eight receptions for 180 yards and one touchdown during is junior season.