Harker Heights lineman Darius James commits to Texas

Lauren Giudice

This season, Texas’ offense was not one of the team’s strong points. With the twelve prospects the class of 2013 already has, it looks like that may change.

Harker Heights’ Darius James attended Texas’ first junior day on Feb. 12 and was the first offensive lineman to receive an offer. At 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds, he is one of the top linemen in the state and received offers from Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

He is the team’s eighth offensive commitment and is extremely versatile. He can play guard, center and even nose tackle. James cancelled his planned trip to Oklahoma before making his decision to play at Texas.

Richardson tackle Kent Perkins was the first offensive lineman to commit.

James is Harker Heights’ second player to commit to Texas this year. His teammate linebacker Naashon Hughes agreed to grayshirt if he was not offered a scholarship. Camrhon Hughes, Naashon’s brother, is currently an offensive tackle for Texas.

James is ranked as the top center prospect in the country by 247Sports and he could be the final offensive lineman recruited for the class of 2013. He is ranked as a four-star prospect by Hookem.com and he earned All-Central Texas honors this past season.

He joins offensive commitments wide receiver Jake Oliver, quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, lineman Jake Raulerson, running back Kyle Hicks, receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, receiver Jacorey Warrick and lineman Kent Perkins.

This recruiting class is continuing to grow with more impressive athletes. He is the seventh member of the Rivals100 to commit to Texas.

James made the decision to come to Austin and tell Texas coaches in person about his decision. In an interview with Burnt Orange Nation, James said he felt at home at Texas.

“I love everything about Texas,” James said. “There is no downfall to it. I just love Texas. It’s a big relief.”

Published on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 as: Harker Darius James becomes Horns 12th commit