James, nephew of former University of Miami and Indianapolis Colts star running back Edgerrin James, will play for the Owls in 2019.
As a true freshman in 2016 Jeff James played in one game for the Hurricanes but didn’t record a tackle. Miami suspended him and six other Hurricanes for the Russell Athletic Bowl for failing to meet program standards. The following spring The Hurricanes announced they were parting ways with James.
Last season at San Bernardino Valley College, James recorded 56 tackles in 10 games, second most among the Wolverines. He also intercepted two passes.
James is coming to FAU as a walk-on and will be eligible to play immediately. He has at least two years of eligibility remaining.
Upon his arrival at FAU James will join an impressive list of walk-ons from famous football families. Earlier this week Rahsaan Lewis, son of Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis, announced he was transferring from UCF to FAU.
In the days leading up to February’s National Signing Day Warren Sapp II, son of Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp, and Terique Owens, son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens, announced their intentions to walk on at FAU.
And earlier this month Frank Gore Jr., son of current Buffalo Bills running back and future Hall of Famer Frank Gore, committed to FAU’s 2020 recruiting class.
Like Edgerrin James, Sapp, Lewis and Gore all played collegiately at the University of Miami.