Texas Speedster Curious About Missouri

The Missouri football staff is making a concerted effort to poach some of the upper echelon talent from the hotbed that is the state of Texas, and one such prospect is all-purpose running back LaMichael James of Liberty-Eylau High in Tex-Arkana. InsideMizzou.com caught up with James to get the latest on his recruitment.

James, a speedster who runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, is already qualified and holds offers from MU, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, TCU, Arkansas, Minnesota, Tulsa and Houston. He said he's far from making a decision and could visit Mizzou later this summer or fall, but has not been in regular contact with the coaching staff.

"I don't know anything about their depth chart or anything like that," he said.

James, who in previous articles has mentioned Mizzou as one of his top choices, was then asked if he's still considering the Tigers.

"Yes, because it's Mizzou," he said. "I like Mizzou. I have an offer from them but I haven't talked to them."

James has visited Oklahoma State twice this summer and also traveled to Houston. In fact, he very nearly committed to OSU earlier this summer.

"I was ready to commit to OSU and then things started changing. Basically, more schools started to offer and [OSU] stopped calling, and I kind of lost interest. It kind of faded," he said.

Jones said he doesn't have a favorite and will take his time with the process. So there's still time for the Mizzou staff to make an impression. He does have a visit planned to Nebraska and seems to like Huskers, but it's far from a done deal.

"I'm trying to get in shape and get ready for the season," he said. "I haven't even really had the time to pay it any mind."

As a freshman, James rushed for 1,587 and 16 touchdowns and caught enough passes for 426 yards and three touchdowns. As a sophomore, James rushed for nearly 700 yards and 10 touchdowns while splitting playing time, and recorded 70 tackles and four fumble recoveries as a safety. Last season, James was the district 16-3A Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-district.

Though many view him as an athlete, he leaves little wiggle room in terms of his position.

"I want to play running back," he said.

James has no strong preference in terms of how far he travels for college, and seemingly will remain uncommitted for a while, though nothing seems 100 percent certain. InsideMizzou.com will update you should anything change with James and the Tigers…

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