The fallout from Bret Bielema leaving the Wisconsin Badgers to take the head coaching job with the Arkansas Razorbacks continues to affect recruiting.
This time it involves one of the top in-state recruits, Brookfield East defensive end Alec James. On Tuesday, James received an offer from Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks.
I am far from surprised that a program like the Ducks would swoop in and try to flip a talented player like James. Kelly has an established program and a contender for the national championship year in and year out.
Other teams that show a strong interest in James are the Clemson Tigers and Michigan State Spartans. James has an official visit to East Lansing, MI on January 18, just weeks before the national signing day. You could also put the Florida State Spartans on that short list, although they seem to be a long shot in being able to flip James.
If team’s want to start making a strong push for James, now is the time to do it. It’s getting down to crunch time for college football recruiting and programs around the country are making one final push.
One important note that could in fact keep James in Madison is the hire of new head coach Gary Andersen. Now that the head coach search is over for the Badgers, James can talk to Andersen and see what he is all about and where he thinks he will fit into his system. Andersen is also a “defense first” coach so that will benefit James as well.
What it all comes down to is if one of the aforementioned teams will make a really strong push to get James. Although it may seem that James is locked in at Madison, it will not stop teams from trying and stop James from listening.