Kirkendoll still thinking about Nebraska

Nebraska is looking for a bit of a different receiver. Last year, the emphasis was on taller, more physical receivers. This year, it seems to be about stretching the field. Niles Paul, from Omaha (Nebr.) North, is one of those guys. This one from Texas is cut from that same mold as Paul, but can Nebraska lure him North?

James Kirkendoll is giving some schools a dilemma. A dilemma in where they might possibly put him. The 5-foot-11 and 178 pound standout with 4.4 speed from Round Rock (Texas) could play either side of the ball. The path of least resistance for most has been to just allow him to play either.

"Most of the schools are looking at me to come in and play receiver," Kirkendoll said, "but they are also looking at me to come in and play cornerback too."

Kirkendoll has a preference in which side of the ball he would like to play on. But, he would also like to stay active in the special teams area because he has been successful there so far in his high school career.

"I prefer receiver. I had 59 catches for 648 yards and eight touchdowns. I also had two touchdowns off of kickoff returns. I had two interceptions playing defense. I got first team all-district and honorable mention all-region."

Kirkendoll is well into the double-digit offers, but hasn't had a chance to sit down and think about his favorites. That process of trimming the list is going to start soon.

"I am up to 15 offers. The big ones are Florida, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Clemson, Purdue and Arizona. There are some others."

"I haven't had a chance to sit down and think about my favorites yet. I am looking to have my top five favorites by August. Maybe top three, but definitely top five by August."

While Kirkendoll is looking at an August timeframe for his favorites, his timeframe to commit isn't too far past that. He would like to get the commitment out of the way before the season starts.

"I am also looking at that timeframe to commit too. I would like to have it done before the season. If not, I will have it done by the end of the August."

The summer promises to be busy because of basketball and football. There will also be the chance to take some trips this summer. "I have AAU basketball and seven on seven right now. I might take a few unofficial visits too. I haven't decided where I might go just yet. I need to do that too."

One school that might be in line for a trip could be Nebraska. Nebraska has been hard after Kirkendoll for some time now and Kirkendoll admitted that he is strongly considering the Huskers. "I probably would take a trip up there before I make my decision. I will probably need to take a closer look at Nebraska."

"I am strongly considering them. They have a very prestigious program, they are known for winning, and they are always up there for a championship."

First year coach, Shawn Watson, from Nebraska has been building a relationship with Kirkendoll. "Coach Watson is a really nice guy. He's really up front with me. He's just really nice to talk to and we have a lot in common. Like just making small talk and talking about things other than just football."

When it comes down to it, the decision might hinge on offense or defense and it could go as far as making an impact and seeing himself on the field there making plays. At Nebraska, Kirkendoll has been told that he has the type of ability they are looking for this year in a receiver.

"Nebraska likes me as a wide receiver as well as doing punt return and kick return duties. That is what I prefer to do in college. I think that I fit in well up there and I can come in and make big plays on specials teams or doing some screens. They are looking for someone that can stretch the field and they think that I can fit that mold."

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