The future of the MSU defensive line is solid with prospects like James on the horizon ... The Arkansas native has size, speed and is a proven winner at the high school level.
High School: Was part of a perfect 14-0 Class 5A state championship team his senior season (2012) for the Cardinals of Fairview High in Camden, Ark. ... Earned all-state and all-conference honors his last two seasons while becoming Fairview's career leader in sacks and No. 2 player in career tackles ... Senior honors also included Golden Triangle and Camden News Defensive Player of the Year, Magazine Super Team and an Arkansas High School All-Star Game selection ... Contributed 102 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 8 sacks as a junior on the heels of an 86-tackle sophomore season that included 3 sacks ... Ran a 4.8 40-yard dash at the Arkansas junior-senior prospect camp in the summer of 2012 and combined to go 42-5 in his three varsity seasons at Fairview ... Sophomore and junior teams both finished 12-2 with a state runner-up finish in 2010 ... Is also an acclaimed discus thrower for the Cardinals.
Personal: McKinze R. James was born 11/8/94 in Pine Bluff, Ark. ... Son of Buck James of Camden, Ark. ... Has three brothers Cord, Ty and Grayson ... Undecided on major.