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Football: North's Jeremy James commits to Ole Miss
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North Forsyth offensive lineman Jeremy James (78) and teammates run out of the tunnel before the Raiders' scrimmage Friday, August 11, 2017. - photo by Brian Paglia

Jeremy James was going to wait a bit longer, but there wasn't really a point. 

The North Forsyth senior offensive lineman committed to Ole Miss on Thursday afternoon, becoming the first member of the county's incoming senior class to commit to a Division I FBS program. 

"Me and my parents just agreed that this is the best fit for me right now," James said on Friday. "And we all love it equally."


James, who plays right tackle for the Raiders, has been one of the county's top linemen in recent seasons, helping North lead Region 5-7A in total offense during region play in 2017. James was named first team All-FCN for his performance last season, and the Raiders made their first playoff appearance of head coach Robert Craft's tenure. 

James was one of the most sought-after football recruits in Forsyth County history, prized for his size -- he's listed at 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds -- and his durability, as he's played every snap for the Raiders the past two seasons. He had offers from numerous other Power 5 programs, including Nebraska, Miami and Florida. 

But with Ole Miss, he found a particularly strong the coaches, including second-year head coach Matt Luke, and a welcome feeling at the school's campus. 

"Everything about it is a 'home' feeling," James said.

James also noticed the resemblance between the Rebels' fast-paced, productive offense -- Ole Miss was fifth in the SEC in total yardage in 2017 -- and the one that he's run with Craft at North. He is the second player on the Raiders' offense to commit to an FBS school, after junior receiver Nicky DalMolin pledged to Duke back in March.

And now that his fevered recruitment is out of the way, James can fully focus on leading the Raiders this fall, when they'll attempt to best last season's fourth-place region finish. 

"It's relieving, knowing that you don't have to worry about where you're going to be for the next few years," James said.