Player Spotlight: James Flanders

James Flanders, running back out of Midwest City High School in Okla., could be one of next year's top senior prospects. With two older brothers already playing Division 1 football and half a dozen colleges already interested in his services, Flanders looks to add to his reputation in his upcoming junior season.<

"At Midwest City, I play both running back and cornerback," said James Flanders. "I think I have good leg strength which helps me at both positions. As a junior, I want to try and get better, improve my game in all areas, try to get at least 1,500 yards rushing."

A season ago Flanders gained 729 yards with 13 touchdowns in 11 games. He was named 2nd team All-District in Oklahoma's 6A-District 1.

"Some schools that are showing interest in me are Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, UCLA, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Tulsa," Flanders said. "I've received one offer from Texas Tech."

Flanders has family ties to two of the aforementioned schools. His brother, Tim Flanders, is a running back at Kansas State in his second year with the program. His other brother, John Flanders, is a sophomore cornerback at Tulsa. This summer he attended a camp at the Kansas State campus in Manhattan.

"I felt like I performed well," said Flanders of the camp. "I've been working a lot on catching the ball coming out of the backfield and think I did an excellent job at camp. I'm hoping to see more catches this coming season."

While it is still very early in his recruitment Flanders enjoyed his time in Manhattan and hopes to make a return visit soon.

"It's a big campus," Flanders said of K-State. "I liked it. The coaches are all funny, easy to get along with. I hope to make it back for a game this year."

Flanders, 5-11, 180, also plays shooting guard on the basketball team at Midwest City in the Oklahoma City metro. Blessed with breakaway speed he participates on the track & field team in the 4X1 relay and the 400 meter dash.

"I'm hoping to go to a great school for football and academics," Flanders said. "I got a 3.75 GPA, and I'm looking at majoring in law enforcement. I'm going to take my time and look around until I find the place I fit in the best."

The Midwest City Bombers begin play this year on September 3rd with Del City in the annual "Sooner Road Rivalry" game. Steve Huff leads the Black & Gold charge in his 5th season as head coach.

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