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Shaun Nua extends offer to 2022 four-star DT Nick James, hopes to visit U-M soon

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Shaun Nua offered the Alabama native on Friday.

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The Michigan Wolverines extended a scholarship to 2022 four-star defensive tackle Nick James, he shared on Twitter Friday afternoon.

The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder will be playing this upcoming season at IMG Academy, a football powerhouse in Florida where 2021 five-star quarterback commit J.J. McCarthy is transferring to play for his senior year. James previously played in his hometown of Prattville, Alabama.

Defensive line coach Shaun Nua extended the scholarship to James on Friday. This is not the first time the two have spoken, and James said good things about Nua to Maize n Brew.

“I like (Nua). He’s honest and he cares a lot about education,” James said. “I like the passion (Michigan has) about education.”

In the early portion of my conversation with James, it was clear education was important to him. So I asked if he knows what he wants to study in college. The response was immediate.

“Education. I want to be a coach,” James said.

James holds other offers from elite programs such as Ohio State, Auburn, Florida State, USC, Texas A&M and more. He said he is interested in “all the schools right now cause I’m trying to learn more about each one.”

With that said, he did mention three schools he wants to visit when he is allowed to — Michigan, Ohio State and Florida State. The major thing about those schools that is making him want to go visit them is “tradition,” James said.

I wrote about James when McCarthy originally announced his transfer to IMG, as a prospect McCarthy could help Michigan reel in. I’d imagine if Nua and the Wolverines really want him, they could have the star of their 2021 class lend a helping hand.

James admitted he has not had the chance to speak with McCarthy yet, but he did congratulate him on Twitter on his transfer news when it originally broke.

He does not have a composite score yet, but 247Sports has James as the No. 8 defensive tackle and No. 169 overall player in the 2022 class. You can check out some of his sophomore season highlights below.