New Pitt wide receivers coach Chris Beatty’s first week of offers included 2020 wide receiver LaMareon James.
James (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) is from Indian River High School in Chesapeake, Virginia and is rated by Rivals as a three-star recruit. James now holds offers from Auburn, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with James who was excited to get the offer from Beatty.
“Coach Beatty is a really good recruiter and just keeps it real with you,” said James. “When I first met him when he was Maryland, I could just tell he would a great coach to play for and a coach that I could really bond with. When he was with Maryland, he was the first coach to offer me.
“When I found out he wasn’t at Maryland, I was trying to find out what school he’d end up at because he’s a guy that I would really like to play for.”
As a sophomore at Norfolk Christian High School, James ran for 992 yards, caught 24 passes for 568 yards and scored a combined 22 touchdowns. After transferring last season to Indian River, James played mostly receiver and had 569 yards receiving with 10 touchdowns.
“Coaches that I’m hearing from now tell me that they’d like me to play both offense and defense because they feel I’m very skillful on both sides of the ball,” said James. “But, I feel like the coaches just want to somehow get the ball in my hands on offense because I’m explosive and quick, sort of like Tavon Austin. Get me the ball and I’m going to make something happen.”
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James said something he’s going to be keeping an eye on is for the school that keeps in contact with him the most and develops a good relationship. He says that being from Virginia isn’t going to give any of the hometown schools a built-in advantage for his services.
“I don’t really look at it that way,” said James. “I look at it and the thing that will impact me is where do I feel most comfortable at. I don’t really look at that in-state thing and that a lot of other players from Virginia have stayed home. I just want a place that feel like home.”
One more thing about Pitt: James plans on making his first visit to Pittsburgh sometime in February.