Another former Oregon player from Alabama State has signed up to Auburn.
Former Ducks cornerback DJ James, a Mobile native who entered the transfer portal last month, announced Sunday afternoon that he would transfer to Auburn. James joins defensive lineman Jayson Jones as former Oregon players to join the Tigers this offseason.
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A former three-star recruit from Spanish Fort, James signed with Oregon as part of its 2019 recruiting class, ranked seventh in the nation, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. The 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback played 32 games during his three seasons at Oregon, totaling 72 tackles, six pass breakups and a pair of interceptions.
He appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2019 and made 10 tackles that season. As a sophomore, he played in all seven games for Oregon in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign. Last season, he saw the field in 12 games and made a high school start for the Ducks. James had 46 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups – all career highs.
Now, he’ll join an Auburn secondary looking to replace top corner All-American Roger McCreary. James is one of four new cornerback additions for Auburn this offseason, which also signed the nation’s No. 1 junior college cornerback Keionte Scott and four-star freshmen JD Rhym and Austin. Ausberry at the start of the signing period. This group will join a room of cornerbacks that already includes returning starter Nehemiah Pritchett and veteran contributors Jaylin Simpson and Ro Torrence, among others.
Tom Green is a Beat Auburn reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.