Semaj James Is Wide Open

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Semaj James
Wide Receiver, Class of 2021
Leon High School, Tallahassee, FL
6-2, 185

Look closely at the name. Leon (Fla.) 2021 three-star wide receiver Semaj James hears it all the time, how different his name is. But it has meaning. His first name is actually an ananym, or the reverse of his last name.

“It’s crazy, because a lot of people say, once I get to college, I’ll have one of the greatest names in college football,” James said. “When I tell people (about my name), people ask, ‘did your parents do that on purpose?’ I’m like, ‘yeah, they did.’”

For James, his name might have earned some more recognition. but it’s his play that’s helped garner most in his 22 scholarship offers, most recently from Penn State. As he continues to scour his options, James said he’s looking for the place he can most make a name for himself.

Most recently, James said he visited Georgia Tech last weekend for its game against Georgia and came away impressed.

“It’s pretty nice up there,” he said. “The coaches, they’re real cool. It’s like, coaches that they’re cool and they’ve got a vibe to them. They act a certain way that’s cool. I could tell Coach (Geoff) Collins is really close to the players. He was cracking jokes, and I was laughing so hard when I was up there. He’s a cool coach.”

James had planned to visit Virginia Tech Nov. 23 for its game against Pittsburgh, but had his flight cancelled. He said the Hokies still are in good position, though.

“I was so mad,” James said. “That was going to be my first time. I’m going to go up there, though. They said they’ll get us up there in the spring. I think my seven-on-seven team might go up there. We’re loaded this year.”

From his talks with and visits from the Hokies’ coaches, however,