Michael James – Safety – Senior – Alderson Broaddus
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Michael James: 5’11, weight is 195 and the latest forty was a 4.6. We ran it in the fall.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Michael James: I have been training at Ball-istic Sports with Kevin Johnson. I played with his son in high school. I also train with coach Steel at Athlete Addiction
Alex Khvatov: Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in
Michael James: Out of high school, my coaches tried to get college coaches to come. I wasn’t a top recruit out of my high school and didn’t have the best grades. When I put the highlight tape out there, I had some D-II and D-III. I was late to get into college. Alderson Broaddus was a first-year program. I sent them the information about me. They told me that I had to take the SAT. I did, and I got a better score than I thought I would.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you choose Alderson Broaddus?
Michael James: It was a startup program. I wanted to go to Sacramento State. Shepherd was interested, but didn’t offer me. Alderson Broaddus offered me. That was the end of it.
Alex Khvatov: Tell me about Alderson Broaddus in general. Put your school on the map.
Michael James: I was there when we transitioned from college to a university. They joined schools. We started football there. We went from having 500 students to 1,200 students now. The school just grew. It is a good environment. Coaches are very friendly. They can relate to us.
Alex Khvatov: How would you describe your overall experience at the 2017 Tropical Bowl?
Michael James: I had more of a chip on my shoulder. Scouts have seen some D-I guys on TV. I was wondering if they are looking at the small school guys. I wasn’t very comfortable. I wasn’t in my element on the field. The coaching staff was still great. They did a very good job putting us together.
Alex Khvatov: Tell me about the National Bowl all-star game in Daytona Beach.
Michael James: I had more fun at the National Bowl. There were top players in our division. I got comfortable so quickly. I was a leader on the team.
Alex Khvatov: What did you want to show NFL teams during those all-star games?
Michael James: I am a hard worker and relentless. I don’t back down.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Michael James: I am smart. I know how to communicate. If I get hurt, I will play through injuries. I feel like nothing can stop me. I can be a new player on the field, but I will automatically have to be a leader. You can’t sit back on the field. You can’t be timid.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon?
Michael James: I want to get faster. I need to read routes quicker.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your overall career to us.
Michael James: We came a long way. We had a JV schedule my freshman year. We got a rude awakening my sophomore year in D-II. We were number one in the nation on defense this past year, then we dropped to No.5. Our DB’s were the leaders of the team. My strong safety and I had a strong bond. We knew that we needed to challenge the defense to be best. I am the record holder in tackles and most INT’s at my school. We go hard all the time. We help everyone. We are all battlers.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your career up to this point?
Michael James: Being named an All-American multiple times. I always started when I played. Nobody I played with can say something bad about me.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Michael James: San Diego Chargers. My mom’s side of the family is from there. I was born in San Diego. My dad is a Steelers fan.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Michael James: LaDainian Tomlinson is my favorite player. Ed Reed was my favorite DB.
Alex Khvatov: What is the most important trait for a safety?
Michael James: Being mentally stable on the field. Got to have heart and you got to have smarts.
Alex Khvatov: What players on your team should we keep an eye on for next
Michael James: RB Brehon Daniels is a great athlete. WR Oran Davis is a Juco transfer. WR Braxton Johnson is coming back after his grades were messed up. He was our top receiver as a sophomore. QB Zach Chandler was a redshirt last year. He ran our scout team and tore it up. Our other QB Connor McWilliams is also a good player. Joseph Shelton at CB is fast and strong. He can cover WR’s. CB Da’Quan Lewis and DL Brandon Lavern.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about football?
Michael James: I like how you can be in position to be the favorite or an underdog. I like the thrill of the whole thing. I love everything about the game. Trash talking and physicality. Football makes my heart rush.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Michael James: I like being around family, playing cards and playing sports.
Alex Khvatov: What do you want to do with your life after your football
career is over?
Michael James: Be a coach or use my criminal justice degree and try to do
security. I want to open my own company in security.
Alex Khvatov: What is the biggest life lesson that you have learned so far?
Michael James: Don’t follow the wrong crowd. So many people around me had potential, but didn’t go in the right direction.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the best player that you have faced during your career?
Michael James: QB from Duquesne Dillon Buechel. When he played, he could read our defense so well. RB from Glenville State Tevin Drake.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Michael James is….
Michael James: An achiever in every field of human endeavor.