Countdown to Kickoff: 13 Days (Isaac James)

 Isaac James has been limited this fall with a shoulder injury, but will be a factor down the road for IU.  Image:

Isaac James has been limited this fall with a shoulder injury, but will be a factor down the road for IU. Image:

Written By T.J. Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)


We are only a baker’s dozen days away from the start of the 2015 IU football season. On Sept. 5th, the Hoosiers will take the field to battle the Salukis of Southern Illinois. That means we are focusing on #13 today, a number some consider unlucky and a number now worn by a young man who doesn’t fear superstitious bad luck: true freshman Isaac James.

Isaac James

  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 180 pounds
  • Hometown: Carmel, IN/Carmel High School
  • Year/Position: Freshman/ATH

I’m usually optimistic and excited about nearly every new recruit the Hoosiers bring into the program. After all, I’m a sports fan at heart and an optimist by nature. But when I am familiar with the incoming player and have seen him play multiple times in high school, well, I get just a little bit more excited. That’s the case with Isaac James, a true freshman for the Hoosiers that played high school football at Carmel High School (former stomping grounds of fellow Hoosiers Shawn Heffern and Danny Dunn), a suburb of Indianapolis.

James was a do-it-all star for head coach Kevin Wright’s Greyhounds. During his time at Carmel, James played quarterback, wide receiver, running back and defensive back. James finished his career with more than 2,000 rushing yards, 800 passing yards, 200 receiving yards and 40 career touchdowns. His all-around excellence earned his an All-State selection and he was a two-time all-conference honoree. During his time at Carmel, the Greyhounds won the 2011 state title and appeared in two other state title games (2013, 2014) and posted the school’s first undefeated regular season (2014) in 26 years.

James also earned letters in basketball and track and field and won the 2014 long jump sectional competition with a school record long jump of more than 23 feet. James ended up as the number 5 prospect in the state of Indiana and chose IU over offers from Northwestern, Wisconsin, Missouri and others. Now at IU, James’ career could go in several directions. He is expected to begin his career at receiver and could compete with Damon Graham and Mitchell Paige for the starting slot receiver position. James’ athleticism could also see him moved to defensive back if the Hoosier coaches decide they need more speed at corner. Our guess is that he sees game time in 2015 on the special teams return units and at slot receiver.

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