Kirkendoll strongly considering Nebraska

When people look at the additions that Nebraska will have made last year some might at Maurice Purify, Kenny Wilson or another recruit as the biggest. However, some would argue that Shawn Watson is the biggest. His impact is being felt working Central Texas and he has been developing a great relationship with one of the best athletes in the state.

James Kirkendoll is probably the fastest player in the state not running track this year. The 5-foot-10 and 167 pound Kirkendoll sports a sub-4.4 4-yard dash time. The evaluation period started fast for James and it's on a blistering pace.

"I talk to coaches really late at night," Kirkendoll said. "We then have practice early in the morning. It's been pretty hectic."

"Kansas State, Purdue, Kansas, Texas Tech, Florida is coming next week, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State have all come or are coming. It's been a lot."

Kirkendoll is actually getting looks to play at two different positions and return specialist by various teams. Some teams have told him that he could play anywhere he wants of wide receiver or cornerback. Some said he could play both. "I prefer wide receiver. I definitely have the speed to play receiver. Beyond that I would have to say that my route running skills and vision."

When Kirkendoll says that he has speed he isn't lying. "We usually run on grass and I ran a 4.38. That 4.38 was at My fastest ever was 4.35. I'm not running track this year. I am doing basketball and football right now and just don't have a lot of time for track."

The offers have been getting to Kirkendoll hand over fist. Last year Kirkendoll had 59 receptions for 648 yards and eight scores. "Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri, Clemson, Miami, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Florida, and Purdue. Right now, I am just going with the flow. Later I will sit down and try and figure out a list."

While the process hasn't started yet to trim the list, Kirkendoll knows what he will be looking for when he has to pare his list down. Football is high on his list, but the biggest thing for Kirkendoll will be to focus on getting a good education.

"Definitely academics is first, regardless. I also want to get on the field as soon as possible. I don't want to redshirt or sit for two years. I want to go in immediately and play whether if it is at receiver, returner or corner. I am just trying to get on the field. I would also like to get into a spread-type offense. An offense that will throw the football."

The Nebraska coaches have flip-flopped a little bit down in Texas when it comes to recruiting areas. The newest coach on Nebraska's staff has been making some waves with the recruits that he has been put in charge of recruiting.

"Coach Watson is recruiting me from Nebraska. I talk to him a lot. I probably talk to him two times a week. We have a real good relationship so far. He's been saying that they can really use my talent and that my abilities really fit their offense. I would definitely have a chance to come in and play immediately."

If there is one thing that Kirkendoll didn't mention when it comes to picking out a school that might affect Nebraska is distance. It seems that it won't be a factor at all and that Nebraska will be in the running to land services from Kirkendoll. "I am really looking at Nebraska. I am really strongly considering them. Distance isn't a factor for me at all."

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