"We feel so privileged to have Matt as our first black Bachelor, and we cannot wait to embark on this journey with him." - Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment.
Matt James, 28, was named the next star of ABC’s “The Bachelor” Friday Morning. James is used to the spotlight, starring at WR for Wake Forest’s Football program from 2010 to 2014. After going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Raleigh, NC native, received an invitation to rookie mini-camp with the New Orleans Saints.
The former Demon Deacon WR was also in the Carolina Panthers' 2015 rookie mini-camp. The Panthers cut James before the preseason workouts began that year.
Bachelor & Bachelorette fans should see a connection between James and former football player contestants. Tyler Cameron, who finished as the runner-up on the Bachelorette last season, is a friend and former Wake Forest teammate of James. Cameron and former Bachelorette star Hannah Brown have spent time with James in recent months. The two prior contestants have helped their friend, James, prepare for the show.
In his Wake Forest career, the 6-5 wide receiver finished with 48 receptions for 458 yards and 0 touchdowns. During his senior campaign, James collected a career-high 40 receptions for 401 yards. He concluded his college career with just two games of 60 or more yards receiving, 9 receptions for 87 yards versus Duke, and 5 for 60 yards against Gardner-Webb.
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