It's hard to imagine that a 5-foot-11, 165-pound running back that has clocked a 10.4-second time in the 100-meters is a little bit under the radar, but that's exactly the case with Duone Maxwell of Kansas City (Kan.) Washington.
The No. 11 player in Kansas already has one scholarship offer on his resume from Wyoming, but he's talented enough to have multiple offers and that's a big goal of his for the 2008 season.
"Yeah, I'm ready to show people what I've got," Maxwell said. "Last year we were 5-4. We had to win our last two, and we didn't make it to the playoffs last year. According to our coach all we need is to have some people step up and quit slacking. We have some slackers last year. They were mostly senior so they're gone now. I know I'm going to have to be a good leader and help this team win games.
"If I play well and we win, then the colleges will come looking at me more."
Maxwell won the Class 5A state championship in the 200 meters in 2008 with a top time of 20.18 seconds, and with his size and speed some schools are talking to him about playing on defense. He said he's prefer to play running back, but he will do what's best for his team and his future.
"K-State is looking at me at corner, Iowa is corner, and Wyoming is running back," he said. "I like running back. I'm going to be playing more free safety this year instead of cornerback, because coach said he's going to try to find a way to get me at least 30 carries a game. But I'm open to doing whatever is best for everybody."
As Maxwell said the most interested schools so far seem to be Iowa, K-State and Wyoming. Navy and Air Force are also interested, while Wichita State and Creighton have talked to him about track. He mentioned Kansas has shown some interest after he attended a 7-on-7 tournament there, but his top school appears to be Wyoming.
"Right now it's Wyoming," Maxwell said. "I've talked to both coach Joe Glenn and Casey Glenn. He pretty much told me how much he wanted me down there and how he sees his future with me. He's cool to talk to. He's nice. He sounds like a good coach."
"It's either Wyoming or K-State. Coach J.J. Smith took us to Manhattan, and I liked it a lot. I'm supposed to go to Iowa and Wyoming this summer, but I don't think I'll make it. It's $5 dollars a gallon here."
Maxwell doesn't seem to be in a rush, though.
"I would like to decide after my senior year," he said. "I just want to go somewhere where I can focus on my school and where I can focus on a career. Somewhere I can focus on my academics and get me somewhere after football. It's not just sports."