With a 4.52 40-yard dash and scholarship offers from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Notre Dame when he committed, James was going to be a solid weakside defensive end that would bolster Wisconsin's pass rush.
A lot has changed since then with the loss of head coach Bret Bielema, six assistant coaches and other key behind-the-scenes personnel. While the Badgers are still looking for the perfect fit to step in as the next coach, James is keeping his options open and is starting to look again.
"It was really surprising because it came out of nowhere and everyone was calling and texting me," James told Badger Nation. "It is just going through the whole process again with schools and reporters. I am still committed, but taking my official visits.
"I don't know the dates of when I am going to visit, but Michigan State, Clemson, then maybe Oregon and maybe Florida State. I wouldn't say soft commit, but just committed. I am waiting to see who they hire."
The 6-4, 220-pound James – rated a three-star athlete and the No.66 defensive end in the country by Scout.com – picked up his offer from Oregon Tuesday after the coaching staff visited his school. The Seminoles have been talking to James' head coach.
Taking his first official visit to Wisconsin two weekends ago, just days after the news of Bielema's departure first broke, James was able to meet most of his fellow commits in the class and found out more about the coaching search.
"It was a good visit and I got to interact with the team a lot," said James. "Most of the commits were up there, so that was nice. This class I would say is very close. A lot of us know each other from visits and stuff, but we are all pretty close. On the visit they talked a lot about the tradition and how they are going to take their time to bring in a new coach."