RECRUITING: OU battling Oregon schools for LA WR

Los Angeles receiver James Finley talks about his leader and visit from OU coach Chuck Long


JH: Is you high school team still in the playoffs?

JF: We finished our season last week with a 7-4 record. We lost in the second round of the playoffs in a wild game 45-39. I had a good game with eight catches for 136 yards and three touchdowns. For the season, I finished with 85 catches for 1,335 yards and 13 touchdowns. I have been selected to play in the California-Florida all-star game.

JH: Are you just going to lift weights or will you play other sports?

JF: I am getting ready for basketball. The team started practice today and I will start working out with them fulltime on Monday.

JH: How is recruiting going?

JF: I took a visit to Oregon State about two weeks ago. It was cool, as it was like a football town. Everybody seemed to like football and they liked Oregon State. I can't say that I disliked anything about it.

JH: Have you set any other visits?

JF: I will go to Oregon (12-1) and then to Washington State (12-8). I am visiting Oklahoma (12-14) after that and that will probably be it.

JH: Do you have a leader at this point?

JF: Oregon State is my leader. I liked them a lot before I visited there and my visit reinforced what I thought about them.

I like Oklahoma because they are a real good team who throws the ball. I have not committed to Oregon State, so all the other schools still have a good opportunity. I want to take my visits and see how things go from there.

JH: What schools have come by your house this week?

JF: I have had Oregon, Washington State and I had Oklahoma today. Coach (Chuck) Long came by my house and he was cool. I learned some new things about Oklahoma, especially about their academic program and that was real cool.

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