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National Signing Day 2015: WR Andrew James signs with Wisconsin

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For National Signing Day we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including wide receiver Andrew James from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Stay tuned to B5Q all week for more coverage of Badger football's 2015 class.

Class Position Height Weight
2015 WR 5'10 162
School Composite Ranking
Westminster Academy (FL) 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit No. 146 WR

I don't need to sit here and tell you about the dire situation that is the Wisconsin passing game. You've heard it all before and honestly it isn't that much fun to rehash. The Badgers had a good haul at wideout in 2014, but none of them were able to step up and grab significant playing time last season. Enter this year's recruiting class and speedster Andrew James from Ft. Lauderdale. The dude is nicknamed "Bullet" and has reportedly been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.33 seconds. You'll see the speed in the video below and it is also worth noting that he returned kicks for his high school team which could allow him to see the field early in his career. Despite being a Gary Andersen kid, James had this to say about Coach Chryst:

"Even before I talked to him I heard great things about coach Chryst. I'm really excited to meet him and play under him. He's a great offensive mind and getting a chance to speak with him just made me like him even more."

Rankings

Rivals: 3 stars 5.5 (unranked)

ESPN: 3 stars 79 (No. 69 WR; No. 234 regional; No. 78 Florida)

247: 3 stars 84 (No. 146 WR; No. 161 Florida)

Scout: 2 stars (No. 36 WR in Florida)

Verbally committed March 11, 2014

James committed to Wisconsin almost a year ago over offers from Cincinnati, USF, ECU, FIU, Temple, Tulane, Bowling Green and Appalachian State. Wisconsin was a school that showed early interest in James and stuck with him while he rehabbed his injury, so he stayed committed even after receiving more offers. The Badgers were also the most prestigious school on the list, so it seems pretty clear why James was comfortable selecting them. Chris Beatty was his original recruiter and Inoke Breckterfield kept him in the fold when the new staff came on board.

Video highlights

Statistics

Senior: Only played in three games due to injury. Will be able to run track this spring. No stats available.

Junior: 29 receptions, 685 yards, 23.6 yards per catch, 9 touchdowns, long of 70

Sophomore: 32 receptions, 612 yards, 19.1 yards per catch, 6 touchdowns, long of 80

Freshman: 22 receptions, 418 yards, 19.0 yards per catch, 5 touchdowns, long of 55

Awards

Class 2A-1A Track Athlete of the Year 2014 (aka the He's Fast Award)