Jordan James, All-American Bowl running back, flips from Georgia Bulldogs to Oregon Ducks


After losing C.J. Verdell to the NFL draft and Travis Dye to USC, no one would deny the Oregon Ducks football program entered Wednesday’s late signing period with a need at the running back position.

But help is on the way.

During his commitment ceremony on CBSSports HQ, 247Sports four-star running back Jordan James, an Adidas All-American Bowl selection, flipped his commitment from Georgia to Oregon:

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound ball-carrier, out of Oakland High School (Murfreesboro, Tennessee), is rated the nation’s No. 162 overall prospect and No. 13 running back, but entered the late signing period as the No. 2 available running back nationally.

Given his high school production, it’s not hard to see why.

Over the past two seasons, James has rushed for 3,393 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns, including 1,653 yards and 24 scores this fall.

247Sports national recruiting analyst Cooper Petagna (a former Oregon recruiting director) projects James as a multi-year starter and future late-round NFL draft pick:

“Listed at 5-foot-10 and 205-pounds, appears to possess limited growth potential to add additional weight to his frame. Displays above-average athleticism at the running back position. Inside runner that displays a very good feel and instincts between the tackles. Plays with patience, demonstrating good vision when setting up runs and cutback lanes. Appears to have above average, short-area burst and separation quickness, showing the ability to separate from defenders at the second level. Possesses above average play speed and long speed to outrun defenders in the open field. Displays good make-you-miss ability between the tackles, showing the ability to run through you or around you. Plays with an excellent center of gravity, excelling after contact. Flashes some pass catching ability out of the backfield, but is difficult to evaluate off the sample size. Physical inside runner that could potentially develop into a three-down back at the next level but more suited in a change of pace type role. Has a good knack for picking up hidden yardage and adds value with consistent production. Projects as a multi-year contributor at a Power Five program at the next level.”

After Oregon’s 2022 recruiting class tumbled from top-10 national status to outside the top-80, Lanning has quickly re-assembled a solid class, flirting with a top-25 finish.

Equally important, he has addressed key program needs by way of both traditional recruiting and the transfer portal.

James certainly fits the bill at running back.

-- Andrew Nemec | [email protected] | @AndrewNemec