It’s been a tough week for Waco, Texas, La Vega senior-to-be tight end Kedrick James, who de-comitted from Baylor on Thursday after the turmoil that saw the school start the process to oust Bears head coach Art Briles.
James (6-5, 245), a four-star prospect and the ninth-best tight end nationally per ESPN.com and 12th by Scout.com, is someone that had Arkansas and Michigan as one of his top three before committing to Baylor.
He has offers from Arkansas, Michigan, Miami, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Illinois, Kansas, SMU and Texas Tech and several others.
“I don’t have my mind set on anywhere I want to go in particular at this moment,” James said Friday afternoon. “I am just keeping my eyes to all the schools I have offers to so far and see how the tight end is going to be used in the offense this upcoming season.”
James has visited Arkansas often to visit his grandmother Charlene Johnson-Carter – a professor at the University of Arkansas - as well as other relatives in the area such as current Razorback redshirt freshman fullback Damani Carter.
James, who helped lead La Vega (16-0) to the Class 4A Division I state title last season, has also met with the Razorback coaches a couple of times and plans to do so again this summer.
“I will be doing both this summer,” James said. “I will come see my family and while down there I will be meeting up with the coaches to say hi and talk about things with them.”
The Razorbacks have certainly valued the tight end in their offense under head coach Bret Bielema with Hunter Henry – a second-round NFL draft pick of San Diego – winning the Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end last season.
“Arkansas is a very good program and I like how Arkansas has used Hunter Henry and the other tight ends they have had in their offense this past season and the seasons before that,” James said.
“When I look at Arkansas, it is kind of unique in that I see a brotherhood and not just a team. As they play, they build relationships that can last a lifetime.”
Carter has told James how much he has enjoyed being a part of the program.
“He has said it is great and he is having a great time,” James said.
James and La Vega won the state championship last season with a 33-31 win over Argyle by scoring a touchdown with 11 seconds left and then chasing down a runner after the PAT was blocked and he was racing for what would have been a game-tying two-point conversion.
“We had a great team last season and won the state championship and have a lot of people coming back this season,” James said. “So I expect a lot of success again this season.”
James reiterated he is in no hurry to make another pledge.
“I am just going to sit back and relax and just take a new look at all the colleges,” James said. “I am going to be taking my time this time and making sure it is the best fit for me.”