Posted by Tom Fornelli
LaMichael James has had quite a bit of success during his first two seasons at Oregon. In two years, James has rushed for 3,277 yards and 35 touchdowns, picking up the Doak Walker Award in 2010, and finishing behind Cam Newton for the Heisman Trophy. Of course, this has left many people in the state of Texas, where James is from, to ponder what life would have been like had James stayed in state to play his college football.
Particularly if he'd stayed home to play at TCU, which was the school that finished second to Oregon during his recruitment. Well, while accepting the Doak Walker Award over the weekend, James finally shared what the deciding factor was that sent him to the Pacific Northwest. Turns out that James felt disrespected by TCU.
Why? Well, you'd feel a bit disrespected yourself if TCU spent an entire weekend calling you "LaMarcus" instead of LaMichael.
During a radio interview in Dallas on Friday, James said that while he was on an official visit to TCU, a coach whom he would not name spent the entire weekend doing just that. Which is when James decided to turn his attention out of state, particularly to Oregon.
So let this be a lesson to coaches throughout the country. When you're spending time with a recruit, try to learn his name.