When you watch James Caraway run, you quickly realize what people mean when they say “speed kills.” He burned up the indoor practice facility of the Kansas City Chiefs in early May with a 40 time of 4.35 and was also clocked at 4.30 in a three man race. On June 16th, Caraway had the opportunity to show the University of Kansas coaches, at their ‘Super Camp” why he would be a great addition to their 2008 recruiting class.
“It went well,” Caraway said. “I didn’t like my 40 at all. We ran on turf in regular tennis shoes. I ran a 4.6, but Coach Bowen said out of 13 DB’s, I was the fastest. He actually called the turf “old school turf. It was too. It was kind of slick, but if I was outside, I’m sure I would have run at least a 4.4”
Caraway walked away from the camp ranking either first or second in every drill that the DB’s tested in. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to walk away with an offer, yet.
“Coach Bowen said they wanted to watch some more film on me. I think they might be waiting to see my senior season.”
With three schools that seem to be keeping tabs on Caraway the most, whichever school offers first could stick out in the Defensive Back’s mind.
“The first school to offer would be on my mind a lot. I mean, it would mean a lot to my family, and that would mean a lot to me. For them to feel great about me having the opportunity to go to school you be great. It might not make me commit right away, but the first school would certainly be on my mind.”
“I’m wide open for any school really, but those three are the ones I hear the most from right now.”
James’ speed is certainly what separates him from other DB’s around the country. He has the unique ability to recover and either knocks down the pass or makes the interception. After spending a lot of time with Coach Cox at the Scout.com combine, he has continued that relationship showing his eagerness to learn how to get better each and every day on the field.
“I work a lot on weights, my footwork, and just a lot of DB drills. I want to get better, and I feel that I am. My footwork is a lot better now.”
Caraway doesn’t just work on the field. He puts in a lot of time off the field as well, academically. While most high school seniors have no idea what they want to major in once they arrive on campuses across the country, James has already figured out what direction he wants to go.
“School is very important to me. I want to get my degree in Business and Management.”
With his focus and determination off the field, Caraway will be a great addition for any school. His speed will make him a great addition to any football program.