If James Caraway had the goal of impressing everyone at the Kansas City Scout.com combine, he did just that. Caraway left little doubt as to why he was there once he ran the 40, four different times on Monday evening.
After starting slow at 4.5, according to Caraway’s standards, James then reeled off times of 4.35 and 4.45 seconds. About 10 minutes after running his 4.45 40-yard dash, James then lined up to face off against the other sub 4.4 football stars on Monday night. This time, it was 50 yards instead of 40. Still, all 3 racers were timed once the crossed the 40 yard marker and that’s where everyone took notice. He didn’t win the race, which seems hard to believe considering he ran a 4.30 40 in the 50 yard race.
Speed wasn’t the only thing that left coaches, players, and analysts impressed. Caraway also had a 38” vertical, a 9’3” broad jump and a 4.31 shuttle. His athleticism shown on Monday night made it clear why Caraway is needed to play DB, RB, KR, and PR for his high school team, Topeka (KS) Highland Park.
What I took away from watching Caraway on Monday night is his eagerness to learn. At every opportunity, James was looking for guidance and advice from any coach he could. After every drill, he took constructive criticism and learned from it. Often seen going out of his way to talk to a coach instead of just going back in line for the next drill. His hunger and desire seemed to be second to none inside the Chiefs practice facility.
During the 7 on 7 drills, he showed the coverage skills that make him a legit D-1 prospect to go along with his blazing speed. Playing bump and run or playing off the receiver, Caraway showed the coverage skills and the recovery speed that makes him a legit D-1 prospect. During one play, Caraway initially got turned around off the line of scrimmage. He was able to spin back, run down the receiver, locate the ball and knock it down leaving the offense empty handed on that possession.
Caraway mentions 4 school that are recruiting him when asked, “KU, KSU, Wyoming, and Air Force.” James mentioned that the record of the football program won’t be the reason why he chooses one school over the others. Caraway said “I won’t have my football ability all my life” which is why he believes academics will be the major deciding factor in where he goes to play football.
With a great head on his shoulders and his blazing speed, Caraway should be looking to start his summer off reviewing multiple scholarship offers from different programs around the country.