Recruiting: Texas WR has NFL bloodlines

Round Rock, Texas wide receiver James Kirkendoll talks about his interest in Oklahoma.

James Kirkendoll, WR, 5'11, 178, 4.35, ROUND ROCK, TEXAS:

James Kirkendoll is another burner at wide receiver in the state of Texas that college recruiters project in their offense in so many different ways. Kirkendoll broke into the starting line-up as a sophomore, and he has never looked back. And with his speed and desire as a receiver, he is going to be one of the most recruited receivers in the state of Texas this year.

Blessed with great speed, Kirkendoll finished last season with 59 catches for 659 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for TDs of 99 and 98 yards.

"I definitely have to say that my skill level is better than most players that I play against," said Kirkendoll. "I have been playing football since I have been in the second grade and I have a high football IQ. I have been fortunate to grow up around some people who have played professional football and that has helped me to. My dad, Maurice Miller, played wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts and my uncle, Lee McCormick, played wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. I have grown up around some great receivers all my life and I have put in the work every day and all that has paid off."

Kirkendoll can bench 230 pounds, squats 380 and he posted a 36-inch vertical jump. He starts in hoops (25 ppg) where earned All-Region honors and was named the Williamson County player of the year.

"I would like to play both sports in college," said Kirkendoll. "Pretty much, all the schools I am talking to I talk to them about playing both and they seem receptive to it. I think I can do it and until it is proven that I can't I want to try."

Kirkendoll has been offered by Kansas State, Colorado State, Oklahoma State, Clemson, Miami, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Florida.

"I am also getting interest from LSU, Notre Dame and Michigan," said Kirdkendoll. "My choices are way up in the air right now. It is way to early right now. I am just gathering all the information that I can and trying to get to know all the coaches that I can. I am just now really getting into the recruiting process.

Does Kirkendoll have any interest in OU?

"I am definitely real excited about Oklahoma," said Kirkendoll. "I am strongly considering them. They are just winners and they are always playing in that big game in January. They always have winning seasons, they are always ranked real high and they have a great tradition. Oklahoma was known as a running team last year, but before that Jason White was throwing the ball well at OU.

"I think OU will concentrate on Adrian Peterson this year, but then OU will go back to throwing the ball a bunch. I know that Oklahoma throws the ball even with AD in the backfield, but when he graduates or leaves for the NFL OU may throw it even more. I will definitely visit Oklahoma."

Kirkendoll has been to the summer camps at Texas A&M the past two summers, and he went to the Scout Combine in Waco this spring. He hopes to make it to some camps this summer, but he is not sure where at this time.

Kirkendoll has qualified.


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