2005 Update: Ashley (NC)

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Geron James has the prototypical size college coaches envision for today’s wide receiver. He’s 6-4 and weighs around 178 pounds or so. Setting him apart even further from other receivers is his speed. James runs a consistent 4.5 flat in the 40 and recently posted a 4.56 time during the Nike Camp in Charlottesville.

“He can run,” Ashley Head Coach Dylan Dimock said. “That’s the best thing about him. He’s a big kid who can fly. He’s working in the weight room to get stronger, but I don’t think that will be a problem especially once he gets to college. He’s got good hands and he really goes up to get the ball. He’s our vertical threat.”

As a junior, James caught 27 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns. Playing on both sides of the ball, he had three interceptions from the safety position. His talents have earned two official scholarships at this point with heavy interest from a number of other schools as well.

“Virginia Tech and Maryland are his only two written offers,” Dimock said. “A lot of schools are interested. UNC and Wake Forest are heavily interested. He took the SATs in March and that’s what we’re waiting for. He’s about a 2.4 student right now but he takes upper level courses. His SAT score will dictate how far he needs to go to qualify. I’m sure that’s what other schools are waiting to see.”

Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Charley Wiles, is in good standing with James. James has family in the state of Virginia, and the Hokies were the first school to offer.

“They’ve always been one of his top schools,” Dimock said of Virginia Tech. “He has family there and they were the first to offer, and he was excited to get an offer from them. He’s still weighing his options and still trying to put together a list. He does like Virginia Tech though.”

In order to help his star receiver narrow the recruiting list, Dimock plans on taking James on several unofficial visits this summer. No plans have been set at this time.

“I’m trying to get him to go to a lot of schools to see the places and meet the coaches,” Dimock said. “I want him to see places up close for himself to get a better feel for who he likes, so he can make a list. That’s how most kids can really decide what place is the best for them. You can’t really know until you visit a campus in person how you really feel about a school.”


Dimock boasts a