James follows the recent trend for the Wildcats: They also offered Billy McCrary in their continued search for wideouts.
Last football season, James visited Northwestern for a game. He told PurpleWildcats.com that the coaching staff called the recruiting process "a long journey."
But after performing well at the Nike SPARQ combine, the once-quiet prospect quickly filed offers—with NU just the latest.
"I was super excited," James said. "Northwestern is a school that I've visited multiple times. Every time I saw them watching me work out, I didn't know if it was going to be the day. When they offered, I was super happy."
James had won the SPARQ Football Training Camp MVP after posting a 4.4-40 yard dash and a 36-inch vertical jump.
"I knew I was athletic and had something to prove today," James told Allen Trieu of Scout.com after the event. "… I think I'm one of the top athletes in the country so it motivated me."
NU took note early. After James' visit, Dennis Springer and the coaching staff said they would analyze and recruit him.
James said the continued "relationships" would be crucial in his later recruitment. He wants to learn about the Northwestern environment, getting to better know the players and coaches.
His small, upcoming visit schedule is indicative of his future plans. James wants to attend camp at Stanford and Ohio State, seeing how far his athleticism takes him.
The early wide receiver targets—including local product Cameron Green—appear to be leaning elsewhere. The next wave, including James, might bring something different.