Stigall Visiting Manhattan This Weekend

James Stigall watched his season end last Thursday when Blue Springs was blanked 28-0 by Kansas City Rockhurst. Now that his senior season is over, he has decided to fully concentrate on his recruitment, and has made plans to make his first official visit this coming weekend.

Stigall was originally planned to visit Kansas State on January 14th, but with his season now over and having a set a timetable to make a decision by the start of 2005, he bumped the visit up to this coming weekend.

"My mother and I called the Kansas State coaches to let them know I wanted to visit this weekend, and they were happy," said Stigall. "They just said they were excited to have me coming up, and wanted the opporunity to show me around. They said they have a few junior college guys coming in so it is a big weekend for them."

After previously setting visits to Kansas (12/3) and Wisconsin.

"Wisconsin offered me a scholarship, and I set a visit with them for the weekend of December 17th," commented Stigall. "They told me they have put 23 offensive lineman in the NFL in the past fifteen seasons or something along those lines, and that is an amazing stat. They are having a great season, and it is a good program, overall."

Stigall mentioned he has not heard from Tennessee in over three weeks, and did not believe he would not set a fifth official visit. He plans to make a decision during the first week of January, and has the four schools mentioned above in mind.

"Unless something develops somehwere, I'm going to make my decision by the first week in January, and it will be between those four schools. Right now, I don't have any leader, and I'm just going to let the official visits make my decision," stated Stigall.

One concern some have suggested might be in Stigall's mindset is the fact Kansas, Kansas State, and Missouri all face the potential of not be bowl-eligible after this season.

"I guess it has affected me a little, but their records really won't play that big of a deal in my decision," added Stigall, who is being recruited as a guard by all of the schools on his list. "They've all had close games, in which, they could have won. Kansas is just a team on the rise, Kansas State has tradition and is just having a downyear, and Missouri still has plenty of talent on their team. I feel they will be all be winning programs in the next couple of years."

Stigall also indicated that alll three Big 12 North schools have told him he will have an excellent opporunity to play early along the offensive line.


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