As a Keokuk, Iowa native, James is very excited to be able to come back to southeast Iowa and be a part of the Extra Heartbeat Football Academy. Attending Keokuk High School, James became the most prolific passer in Iowa High School history, holding 12 different Iowa High School Passing records. As a senior, he led his team to a 3A state title, the first ever for Keokuk, and earned honors that include EA Sports 3rd Team All-American, Class 3A Player of the Year, Captain of the All-State team as a senior, and Iowa High School Offensive Player of the Year. James fulfilled a dream by earning a full ride scholarship to play for Coach Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes. At Iowa, James was a 2 year starter at quarterback as well as a 2 year captain. He was part of the greatest comeback in Iowa football history against Pittsburgh as a junior, where he threw for 399 yards and 3 touchdowns. In his junior season, his 25 touchdowns and 3,022 yards both rank 3rd respectively in Iowa history. James was also voted on to the leadership council all 5 years at Iowa.