Illinois Fighting Illini Football: Profiling Illini Signee Chris James


2014 running back/safety Chris James might have been a very last minute commit for the Illinois Fighting Illini, but they do say, “Never late then never.” The Orange, Texas iron man signed his Letter of Intent earlier today and will be a member of the Orange and Blue come football season.

James has been described as a playmaker at the safety position. He contains the ball skills and speed needed for the safety position while also being an exceptional tackler.

Here’s the skinny on Chris James:

  • Rivals, SCOUT, 24/7 –  2 Star S
  • 24/7 – Top 200 position ranking
  • Rushing Stats: 108 attempts, 685 yards, and 8 touchdowns
  • Receiving Stats: 17 receptions, 181 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns
  • Defensive Stats: 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery

The only knock that people are able to find on James is his size. At 5’10, 185 pounds, he doesn’t have the “ideal” size for a college level safety, but that can be worked on in the weight room. James could prove to be a nice surprise for the Illini down the road.

Here are his highlights courtesy of IP:

Derek Piper of Illini247 had this to say about Chris James coming over to the Orange and Blue:

“James is the definition of “under the radar”, but his highlight film shows why the Illini were intrigued.”

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