If his career as a football player doesn’t work out, Waco, Texas, La Vega junior defensive end Kedrick James (6-5, 243) might have a career in comedy.
The 2017 four-star prospect broke out his best impression when talking about what Dr. Charlene Johnson-Carter – his grandmother and a professor at Arkansas - had to say after he visited the Razorbacks on Friday.
“She said ‘well, baby, if you come to Arkansas I will be at every home game, every away game, every bowl. I will not miss a game unless I am teaching a class.’”
Arkansas coaches and fans hope Dr. Johnson-Carter get’s her wish and lands James, who was visiting Fayetteville this weekend to see his uncle graduate from Fayetteville High School.
“It was a great visit,” James said. “The facilities were great and I was real impressed with how good everybody wants the athletes to be on and off the field.
“They have everything you could want to develop and stay healthy while you are playing. They make that a priority.”
James already has eight offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Michigan, Miami, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Illinois and Kansas.
“I take it as me getting another offer is just another step toward my dream of playing collegiate level ball and eventually maybe making it to the pros,” James said. “It just makes me grind harder.”
The Arkansas visit elevated the Razorbacks into the top tier of those schools.
“I had a great time and almost committed a couple of times, but I am still kind of young,” James said. “But Arkansas is not in my top three along with Baylor and Michigan.”
James has plans to visit Arkansas again on June 19 and work in the Razorbacks’ camp the following day.
“I am going to come up the day before the camp and get a chance to spend all day with the coaches,” James said. “I’m really looking forward to that.”
James knows Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has put a lot of tight ends in the NFL.
“That certainly gets your attention as does the fact that they throw to those guys a lot,” James said.
He could easily not participate in the camp because of his status and offers, but says that is not his nature.
“I think one of my best strengths is that I am competitive,” James said. “Some dudes are competitive, but they don’t really compete.
“When I am playing any sport, I want to compete until I win whether I am down by a hundred or just by one. I hate to lose. You can be competitive, but you don’t compete. I do on every play, every rep.”
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