Lake Marion DB James Valdez has been to two USC games in Columbia this season and he plans to return for a third time this weekend for the Tennessee game. Valdez also has been to Tennessee, for the Florida game, and is going to NC State November 8th and Florida November 15th.
Florida recruiter Brad Lawing was by the school last week to check in on Valdez. The Gators have not yet offered but are interested. USC was the first to offer Valdez and he said he hears every day thru social media from recruiter Everette Sands.
“South Carolina is a great school and was the first to offer me,” Valdez said. “It’s a good option but I’m not calling any school my favorite right now because I haven’t been to enough schools.” He added he’s also getting a lot of interest from Clemson, North Carolina and NC State. He plans to make his decision near the end of next season.
Valdez has offers from USC, Tennessee, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest and SC State.
This season Valdez has 49 tackles with 8 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles. On offense he has 6 receiving touchdowns, two rushing and two more on kickoff returns. He has nearly 1000 rushing yards from his wingback position.