Paul James III
2014: Enrolled at Illinois in January and participated in 2014 spring practices.
High School: Initially signed with Illinois in February 2013 and started training camp in August 2013, but had to delay enrollment until January 2014 ... Four-star recruit by ESPN and three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout ... Ranked No. 200 nationally and No. 41 in the state of Florida by ESPN ... Ranked the No. 16 defensive end in the nation by 247 Sports and the No. 20 defensive end nationally by Rivals... Ranked the No. 60 player in the state of Florida by 247 Sports ... All-Dade County pick by Miami Herald ... No. 3 recruit from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties by Miami Herald ... Florida 5A second-team All-State selection ... Helped lead the Vikings to the 2012 Florida 5A state championship.
Personal: Born Aug. 4, 1994... Mother is Niquita Wooden and father is Paul V. James Jr. ... Uncle, Prentice James, played football at Hofstra ... Enrolled in general studies ... Favorite athlete is NFL great Ray Lewis "because of the way he plays and his successful career." ... Said his family most influenced his athletic career "because they remind me of the struggles I came from."
Updated July 2014