Davonte James (Springfield, Oh./Springfield High School) is a 2014 inside linebacker that Michigan State has shown interest in this season. However, a few other Big Ten teams have done the same.
The 6-foot, 220-pound junior visited Ohio State on Oct. 20 and watched the Buckeyes take down Purdue 29-22 in overtime. He walked away from that recruiting trip profoundly impressed with the atmosphere at Ohio Stadium.
“It was great,” James said, “Seeing the fans and the team interact was fun to see. I loved the atmosphere around the stadium.”
Purdue is another conference foe interested in him. The Boilermakers offered him a scholarship last week, making the Gold and Black the first team to offer him. He is excited to have his first offer out of the way and is sincerely interested in spending his career in Ross-Ade Stadium for the next couple of years, should he decide to commit with them down the road.
“It feels really good to have my first offer out of the way,” he said. “I don’t know much about them, really, but it would be nice to play for Purdue. I’m going to take a visit there (Nov.) 23.”
James is a rising star on the recruiting trail and his talent has caught the eye of several recruiting websites. He is already on the ESPN Watch List for 2014 recruits, and he would be a great addition to the upcoming Michigan State recruiting class.
When asked what it would be like to get a scholarship from Michigan State, James did nothing but gleam at the idea.
“I think it’d be very special and it would be nice to play for Michigan State, too,” he said.
He also has interest from Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Pitt, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others. It would be unjust to think that other schools in the Midwest will not offer him in the future, and he cannot wait to continue the recruiting process and to hear from additional programs.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how the academics are at the schools I’m going to visit this winter,” he said. “I also want to check out how the coaching staffs run the football teams.”
James recorded 105 tackles and a sack, recovered a fumble and had an interception return for a touchdown in his junior season. Michigan State would benefit from having a player like him on the field who can bottle up the run and dominate as a tackling machine.