Coach Joe Moorhead and the Mississippi State Bulldogs added a commitment to their 2019 class over the weekend when three-star cornerback D.J. James announced his intentions to head to Starkville.
“It was definitely the coaching staff that led me to the commitment,” James told GN. “They just made me feel at home there, and they’re very respectful as well. They made me feel better there than any other college I have visited.
“I just really like that new coaching staff.”
James (6 feet, 175 pounds), from Spanish Fort (Ala.) High, near Mobile, is a top-45 corner nationally and a top-25 overall talent in Alabama in the 2019 class.
James, who chose Mississippi State over offers from Florida, Kansas, Ole Miss and others, did so in large part due to his fondness for Moorhead.
“He won’t talk bad about another school no matter what school it is,” James said. “He’s a very welcoming coach as well.”
What type of player are the Bulldogs are getting with James?
“I’m a fast, quick corner that has good hips and can play physical,” he said. “I’m sneaky because I can bait the quarterback into throwing something that is not there.”
James is well aware of what it will take to play and compete in the SEC.
“It’s starting to sink in and I know I have a big responsibility once I get there,” he said.
As it stands right now, James is committed to Mississippi State, but he still is keeping all his options open.
“I’m still looking at other places and my recruitment is still open,” he said.
James’ decision gives Mississippi State now has four commitments for its 2019 class. James joins four-star athlete Diwun Black, four-star defensive end Charles Moore and three-star offensive tackle Montravious Richardson in the Bulldogs’ 2019 class.
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