One running back that is quietly adding several scholarship offers in the Lone Star State is Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau running back LaMichael James.
James, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound speedster, had a strong junior season that included 1,587 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. As a receiver, kickoff and punt returner, he also showed his versatility with more yards and scores. Now, he's adding more scholarship offers.
"I have Mississippi State now, Nebraska, Missouri, and Arkansas offered too," James said. "The coach from Nebraska, coach (Randy) Jordan, I talked to him this weekend. He just told me that I had an offer coming. The other ones are written offers."
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Before the other four offers, James had added earlier ones from Houston, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, and Tulsa. He says of the new offers that have come more recently, two teams stick out.
"Missouri and Nebraska did," James said about which offers caught his eye. "I don't know why. They're just big time schools to me. I had Oklahoma State as the favorite, but I really don't have one now."
The next thing up for James is camp trips. He says that stops at Arkansas, Oklahoma State, and Tulsa camps are some he knows for sure, but he also plans to hit others.
All of this is leading up to a possible decision at the end of the summer.
"I want to make a decision before football season so I can concentrate on my senior year," James said. "The main thing for me is I want to play early. Basically, I want to come in and be a factor on the team I choose."
James was a first-team all-district, second-team all-state selection as a junior. He was also the district offensive player of the year in 2006.