U-M Looking, GBW Looked, at Austin Wideout

Round Rock Texas is right in the Texas Longhorns' back yard, but has a wideout who is not considering the local team. Rather he is has offers from Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska, Miami -- and is now talking with Michigan as well. GoBlueWolverine scouted the blazing fast WR at the Waco Scout.com combine this spring.

James Kirkendoll Profile

James Kirkendoll of Round Rock, Texas, is one of the top playmakers in the Southwest. The 5-11, 178-pounder has over 20 scholarship offers to date and has been a favorite target of college coaches since the contact period opened up on September 1.

"I have over 20 offers and Tennessee is my most recent one," Kirkendoll said. "They offered me on Tuesday. I'm also being recruited by Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, but they haven't offered yet."

"This month, I've gotten calls from Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Missouri, Miami and several other schools."

For now, Kirkendoll lists six schools starting to separate from the pack.

"My favorites are Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Miami," he said.

Here's what Kirkendoll had to say about his favorites:

"Tennessee likes my speed, and they think I can make an immediate impact at receiver and on returns."

"Miami and Florida think I can get in the rotation early and maybe even see some time at defensive back."

"Nebraska, Michigan, and Notre Dame said I could possibly come in and have a chance to start as a slot receiver."

Kirkendoll said his speed is his biggest selling point.

"Most of the schools have said I have the speed you can't teach and that they don't have receivers that can do what I can do," he said.

He does not plan to take any official visits until after the season, but knows of three schools in line to receive one.

"Michigan, Tennessee and Florida will get visits for sure," Kirkendoll said. "They are always in contention for a national championship or a BCS game. They bring in top classes each year too."

"Playing time will be first I also want to feel like I fit in and get along with the coaches and players."

Kirkendoll narrowly missed a monster game to start the season. From his quarterback spot, he accounted for over 130 all-purpose yards and helped lead his team to a win. His night would have even been better had two touchdown plays, which totaled 110 yards, not been called back.

Kirkendoll reports a 245 bench and 380 squat. He carries a 3.0 GPA and SAT score of 1168. Round Rock travels to play Bastrop High this Friday.

GoBlueWolverine note: at the Waco, Texas Scout.com combine this spring, the heralded Terrance Tolliver was a no-show -- and Kirkendoll turned heads instead. His 4.38 40 time was (at the time) the fastest of the year at any Scout.com combine this spring. And the speedster couldn't be checked in the on-on-one WR/DB drills, and he caught the ball easily as well -- as a comparison he is a slightly shorter Mario Manningham (altho Mario was basically the same height at the same age as well).

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