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Local WR Jace James commits to Northwestern

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Jace James didn't have to wait long to know that Northwestern was where he wanted to play at the next level. The 6-foot-1 wide receiver committed after receiving an offer on Friday.

James is the first wide receiver in the talented 2017 recruiting class that is now ranked 12th in the nation by 247 Sports. He appears to have flown under the radar in the early recruiting period and is now picking up steam. After initially being unranked by 247, James is now rated a three-star prospect and the No. 17 best player in the state. James earned his first offer on May 19 from South Dakota State, and has since received eight offers. Northwestern was his lone Power Conference offer.

Although he started on both sides of the ball at Glenbard North, where running back Justin Jackson attended high school, James will play wideout for the Wildcats. He joins Lake Villa product Cameron Ruiz as the other Illinois recruit in the 2017 class. His full Hudl tape can be viewed above.