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Notre Dame RB James' workout video a YouTube sensation

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Schools that have offered Chris James a scholarship

Illinois, Toledo, Indiana, Idaho, Western Michigan, Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Michigan St., Pittsburgh, Northern Illinois, Arizona St., Iowa, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Marshall and Tennessee.

Updated: July 30, 2013 6:45AM



When Chris James’ trainer, Jack Cascio, posted a video online of the Notre Dame senior-to-be doing some amazing things during a workout earlier this month, he figured it’d get a few hits.

But when the running back and his mentor logged on to YouTube just two days later, both were beyond stunned at what they saw. The video, which was posted June 19, had already generated over a million hits.

“That really blew my mind,” James said. “In the first day alone, it got like 750,000 views.”

The video shows James, who is listed at 6 feet and 210 pounds, jumping 68 inches high onto the top of a stack of plyometrics cushions, among other things.

As of Monday, the video had nearly 1.4 million views.

“Chris is a freak of nature, he really is,” Cascio said. “I’ve had some videos I’ve posted blow up and get a decent amount of views before, but nothing like this. It just goes to show you how hard Chris has worked in the offseason to become even better.

“One of the things we work on is making sure everything he does is in short, quick bursts. The average play in football last just 6 or 7 seconds, so I’ve tailored it so he’s specifically doing things that relate to what his body will go through repeatedly during the course of a game. I think Chris feels a little slighted it took everyone so long to notice how skilled he is. He won’t say that, but he uses it as motivation.”

During his junior campaign, James ran for 2,089 yards and 33 touchdowns for the Dons.

“His work ethic is simply second-to-none,” said Notre Dame coach Mike Hennessey, whose club reached the Class 6A state quarterfinals in 2012. “So nothing he does surprises me. I’ve seen his workouts, and they’re something to behold.”

Since receiving offers from five Division I schools by early February, James has picked up scholarship offers from 11 more Division I schools. His latest came on a trip down south a few weeks ago.

“I stopped at Tennessee because they’d been saying they wanted to meet me,” James said. “By the time I left, and after speaking with a few of their coaches, they offered me almost right away.”

Though he’s not in a rush to make his decision, James admitted he’s “starting to narrow some things down.”

“I just don’t want to have to worry about it for too long,” James said. “I’m in no hurry, but at the same time I do have to start cutting some teams out of the mix, otherwise it will become too overwhelming.”

James says he scored a “22 or 23” on his recent ACT test,” which has opened even more doors for him. Arizona St., Georgia Tech, Iowa, Syracuse, Marshall, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan are some of the other schools that have made offers since February.

“Everyone I talk to has told me that (test score) is enough to get into most of the schools I want, which is a dream come true for me,” James said. “I don’t have a favorite school right now, but I have been impressed with several. Namely, I’d say in my top four are Michigan St., Pitt, Wisconsin and Tennessee. But that can change in an instant.”



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