Evans cornerback James Julius became the fifth Orlando Evans High player to receive a college scholarship offer on Friday and he was pleased to finally get the word “official” attached to one of his contacts.
Julius has been in conversations with numerous schools, but Boston College was the first to extend an offer and now Julius is ready to see more.
“I’m happy that it’s starting to pick up. It’s a relief,” Julius said. “I’m ready for football to start back up so more schools can see me and I can start getting more offers.”
He could see one more this weekend when he and teammates Brandon English and Dominic Walker visit UCF for junior day on Saturday.
“I’m looking at everybody. I’m going to take a thorough look at my recruiting,” said Julius, who goes by the nickname ‘J.J.’ “Whatever school best fits me will be the one. I want to see what style of play each one uses and check out the academics. Mom and dad don’t play around with me when it comes to academics.”
Julius should be well on his way to qualifying. He’d like to improve upon his 2.9 GPA, yet his first go at the ACT yielded a score of 18, which qualifies him for NCAA Division I-A acceptance under the governing body’s sliding scale.
Last season, under the new regime led by head coach Chip Gierke, Evans jumped out to a 9-0 start before losing and went two rounds deep in the Class 8A state playoffs.
“We’re not taking anyone by surprise this year,” said Julius, who had nearly 80 tackles last season, with two interceptions, a fumble recovery and four forced fumbles. “We’re gonna have to be ready this year. … can’t take things for granted. We have to go out every game and try to dominate.”
He’s had to sit back and watch teammates Walker, Tony Stevens and Ro’Derrick Hoskins live in the spotlight with multiple scholarship offers in the past month. QB Levar Robinson also has a few offers from Colorado State and Memphis.
Stevens and Hoskins have already committed to FSU. All of that, however, does not create any jealousy from Julius.
“We’re like a family at Evans. Everybody is close knit,” Julius said. “We knew we had the talent to get to college, but we weren’t even worried about that. I knew coaches would start calling eventually.”
Julius, ranked No. 41 in the Sentinel's Central Florida Super60, grew up in Miami and moved to Orlando just before entering his freshman year at Evans.
“I’m a very energetic passionate player,” Julius said. “I’ll be the first one to try to pick teammates up if they make mistake. I don’t point fingers.”Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.