Texas RB has interest in Nebraska

In some states, playing two classes down from the largest classification in high school football is sometimes leaps in competition level. Not in Texas. Football is football and athletes are everywhere. One of the very best running backs in the state of Texas this year hails from a 3A school, the reigning 3A state champ in fact, and he wants another.

One of the top running backs in the state of Texas is LaMichael James. The 5-foot-9 and 180-pound running back from Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau has been working since the season ended.

"I have been training," James said. "I have been working on getting stronger and faster. I have really been working my lower body."

Liberty-Eylau ran all the way into the state championship and won it last year. This year, James wants to keep on winning because he hates to lose.

"We won state, 3A. We beat Waco in the championship. This year we don't want to lose at all. I hate losing."

"I know that I have step up this year. I was a leader last year and I will be again this year. I just need to step it up."

Since the end of last year, recruiting has really taken off for James. He literally picked up three offers at the end of last year and recently was told to be expecting his fourth.

"Recruiting has been going real good. I have three offers and I should be getting my fourth soon. I have an offer from Tulsa, Oklahoma State and Houston."

"I should be getting an offer from Arkansas soon. I got all three of the offers all in one week, on top of one another. Arkansas just told me recently that I would be getting an offer."

Besides those four schools, James has a lot of interaction with two of the better football schools in the area. He is receiving regular mail from schools all over the nation.

"I talk to Texas a lot. I also talk to Oklahoma a lot. Those are really the only two that I speak with, regularly. I get a lot of letters from just about everyone."

James said that it's a combination of things that make him special as a running back. He is equally dangerous out of the backfield running the ball as he is catching the ball from the slot or out of the backfield.

"I would say my catching ability, quickness, speed and my change of direction. I get receptions as a receiver and from the running back. I have played everywhere."

James put up some very nice numbers last year, leading his team to the state title. It earned him some very nice honors to go with that state title.

"I had 1,600 yards rushing, 500 yards receiving and 19 total touchdowns. I tried to do returns, but they never kicked me the ball. I got first team all-district and MVP of the district. I was also second team all-state in 3A."

James has already taken a couple of trips and has a few more coming up in the next few weeks. Most of the days that he will be attending over the next month or so are junior days or spring games.

"I have been to Oklahoma State, Friday I go to Houston, next month I go back to Oklahoma State, Arkansas and I go to Oklahoma. Most are spring game and junior days."

James said that he is looking to feel comfortable at the school that he ultimately chooses. "I am looking at the environment of the school, playing time and academics of course. Distance isn't a real big thing to me."

One school that hasn't contacted James, but has contacted his coach, has been Nebraska. The Huskers recently requested film on James.

"My coach just sent a highlight film to Nebraska. That just went out a couple of days ago. I haven't heard anything from them yet."

James said that he doesn't know a lot about Nebraska, but he has seen them and the campus on TV before. One thing that does suit him will be the pro-style offense that Nebraska runs.

"That's a big school. I just saw them on ESPN and realized that was a huge school. I don't know anything else about them. The only schools that I know are the places that are really close by. I am looking for more of a pro-style offense. I want to be used in the passing game and running game."


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