Focused on Playoffs
James Kirkendall
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Nov 21, 2006
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com


"I'll be looking at what school will allow me to play early and has a spread-type offense," said wide receiver James Kirkendoll. "I want to fit into the school's environment, get along with players, and look at how the coaches interact. Coaches will develop a relationship with you during recruiting. I just want to make sure that I have that same relationship with the coaches when I attend."

Texas four-star wide receiver James Kirkendoll (5-11, 178, 4.4), from Round Rock High School in Round Rock, said his top five schools are Tennessee, Florida, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Michigan. Previously he has admitted favoring the Vols and the Gators, but Kirkendoll now denies a favorite. All have offered except for Michigan, but Kirkendoll has been speaking with Wolverine Coach Fred Jackson (running backs) about that possibility.

Kirkendoll has not officially set up any official visits because his team is in the play-offs. Rock High is 8-0 this season and beat the No. 8 ranked team in their state. To win the championship, they need to win their next four games.

"My strengths are speed, the ability to score in all kinds of different ways, vision and my IQ is pretty high. I've been playing a long time. Most people say my weakness is my height, but I don't think so." Kirkendoll said. He benches 245, squats 400 and has a 37" vertical jump.

"The coaches from all my top five have come to see me play at school and say that they are very impressed, that I can make a difference, and have a chance at playing early--which is very important to me," Kirkendoll said.

"I plan on making my decision in January. My Florida official visit will be sometime in December and Tennessee will be in early January. Oklahoma and Nebraska are also talking to me about visiting soon. I'm waiting to see if my high school team makes it to state. Right now I'm focusing on my next game.

"I also play basketball. The teams that are recruiting me for football have also recruited me for basketball. I play point guard and shooting guard. I'm looking forward to playing both sports. I have a natural ability with sports and have played sports my whole life.

"My parents have no preference which school I choose. They just ask me to make sure I pick the one that is best for me."

He reports a 3.0 GPA and an 1130 SAT score.



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