Recruiting: Texas WR has OU in top five

Recruiting: Texas WR has OU in top five

The latest on Round Rock, Texas receiver James Kirkendoll.

James Kirkendoll, WR, 5-11, 180, ROUND ROCK, TEXAS:

JH: Are you still playing?


JK: "No, our season is over. We finished 9-4."

JH: How did you season go and what were your final stats?

JK: "I finished with 16 total touchdowns and caught 48 passes for 860 yards. I played the 'A-back'. I did everything from play running back, slot back and receiver. I had over 500 rushing yards and I scored five touchdowns receiving and 11 rushing."

JH: Where you happy with your season?

JK: "I felt I played well. I helped out my team on both sides of the ball. I started both ways, I also started at cornerback. On defense, I made 49 tackles, had four interceptions and I forced one fumble."

JH: Aren't you being recruiting on the offensive side of the ball?

JK: "Yes sir. I want play on offense in college and I am being recruited primarily as a wide receiver."

JH: How many offers have you received at this point?

JK: "I have been offered by over 20 schools. I have narrowed my choices down to Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska and Texas Tech."

JH: Have you taken any visits yet?

JK: "No."

JH: Do you have any visits set up?

JK: "I haven't totally set any up yet, but I have talked to Oklahoma and Nebraska about visiting at both schools the first weekend we can in January and the second. I will probably go to Oklahoma the first week and then to Nebraska the second week."

JH: What are your thoughts on Oklahoma?

JK: "They are definitely toward the top of my top five. I have been so impressed with the coaching staff, especially the coaches that I am dealing with (Bobby Jack Wright). I have been impressed with what they are saying I can come in and do. They project me as that slot type receiver and a guy who can return punts and kicks.

JH: Did you return and punts and kicks this year?

JK: "Yes, I return punts and kicks this year and I averaged 38 yards on kickoff returns and 12 on punt returns. I made first-team All-District at wide receiver and as a return specialist."

JH: Do you have a favorite or two at this time?

JK: "My top two would be a tie between Florida and Oklahoma for the top spot. And then the rest of the order would be Nebraska, Texas Tech and Tennessee."

JH: What are some of the main things you are looking for in recruiting?

JK: "The main thing is academics, but I know every school that I am considering has good academics. As far as football goes, I want to come in and contribute my freshman year because I don't want to redshirt."

JH: Does Oklahoma match-up on those areas?

JK: "Sure. If you look at the depth chart they have now they really don't a speed guy at slot-receiver. They have very good possession receivers, but they don't have that kind of big-play guy in the slot that I could be for them."

JH: What are your thoughts about the Sooners' history of playing freshman?

JK: "They have said that I have a chance to come in and play early. They pointed out that I could do some return type stuff."

JH: When do you hope to make a decision?

JK: It will probably be sometime next month. I hope to get it done before the end of January."

JH: What are you doing athletically right now?

JK: "I am playing basketball right now. We just won a tournament this weekend and I was MVP of that tournament. I play point guard and right now I am average 28 points per game. I had a 44-point game this past weekend. Every school that is recruiting me tells me that I can also play basketball. As of right now, that is one of the things that I want to do. Last season I averaged 23 points per game."

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