Gulf Coast Running Back Drawing On Lookers

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Posted May 19, 2010


With 1,400 yards to his credit as a junior, Byron James heads into the 2010 season as one of the top returning running backs in the state of Mississippi. Fans of prep football on the Mississippi gulf coast are well acquainted with James' talent. He is hopeful that his reputation will continue to spread as he prepares for his final season at Moss Point.

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The Tigers of Moss Point rounded out their spring session by crossing the state line and taking on a pair of foes from the Mobile, Alabama area.

"Things are going pretty well," said Bryon. "We played Williamson and Blount in the jamboree over at Blount.

"I feel like I did pretty well, but not as good as I can. I was able to work a lot harder on getting more positive yards this spring. I still want to get stronger for the season."

The Tigers made it all the way to the 5A South state title game last season. Byron believes his team can make get over the hump this year if some of the younger players step up and fill the gap of the departing seniors.

"We need to get a little more focused," explained James. "We lost a lot on defense and on the offensive line. We are starting to get some help from some of the younger guys, but we have to help them get a little better."

Byron is anxiously awaiting college offer number one. He is getting regular mail from a pair of SEC schools among others.

"I have been getting mail from Auburn, Ole Miss and a bunch of Ivy league schools," said James. "I went to Southern Miss for their junior day, but I am not hearing a lot from them."

Some new suitors may soon began keeping closer tabs on the talented running back after the spring evaluation period.

"Louisiana Tech, Alabama, Kentucky, Alabama State, Troy and a few more came by practice," said Byron. "I tried to show them something, but I didn't want to get the big head about them all being there. I am just trying to stay humble and get better."

Heading into the summer camp sessions, James is looking for a chance to make an impact on the field early in his career.

"I am looking for a school that can offer me a chance to play and have a good amount of playing time pretty early," said James. "I want to go to a school that can help me get my education too."

Byron plans to attend summer camps at Ole Miss and Southern Miss and possibly others.



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