Recruiting: Sooners land another receiver

Round Rock, Texas receiver James Kirkendoll talks about his commitment to Oklahoma, as well as video of the speedster in action. Kirkendoll is a four-star prospest who is rated as the 19th-best receiver in the country by

James Kirkendoll, WR, 5-11, 178, ROUND ROCK, TEXAS:

JH: Have you committed to OU?

JK: "Yes sir, I have."

JH: Talk about your decision to attend the University of Oklahoma?

JK: "I was talking to coach (Bob) Stoops, coach (Bobby Jack) Wright and coach (Kevin) Sumlin earlier today. I was just talking to them and checking in on them like I do normally, and I had a great conversation with them. Then, later on that evening about an hour-and-half-ago, my parents and I sat down to talk things over and we asked ourselves had we come to a decision yet. Then we came to a decision that Oklahoma was the best fit for me. So I went ahead and pulled the trigger."

JH: What did the OU coaches say when you told them the good news?

JK: "They were very excited. The whole coaching staff was relieved. Coach Wright said that I made his Christmas. Everybody is excited and there are a lot of happy people on both sides."

JH: Did you start thinking about this decision last week after coach Wright and coach Sumlin visited you and your family?

JK: "Yes sir, I sure did."

JH: Were you thinking about committing to OU much earlier than that?

JK: "Oklahoma has been there the whole time. They were actually the first offer that I got. All along they have been there step-for-step and stride-for-stride. That is a lot of loyalty. And like I said, they came through on that home visit last week and that really won us over."

JH: If I am not mistaken, you have not taken an official visit to OU have you?

JK: "No, I am going on the 20th of January."

JH: What was it about that home visit with coach Sumlin and coach Wright that convinced you to be a Sooner?

JK: "The big reason is that we all seem to have a special bond among all of us. When the coaches were around, my family I just felt like I was at home with all my family."

JH: From my conversation with you last week, you seem to like the slot position in the OU offense quite a bit don't you?

JK: "What coach Stoops is telling me is that he needs me to come in and do what Mark Clayton did. He needs me to make big plays in the return game and also come in and make some big plays from the slot position. And that is what I am going to do."

JH: You have great speed, but I have no idea when you were last timed in anything. What are the latest times you have in any kind of distance?

JK: "At the camp I ran a 4.38, but my fastest hand-clocked time at school was a 4.35. The last time I was timed in the 100M was back in my sophomore year and I ran a 10.7, but I haven't run track since."

JH: You go straight into basketball now don't you?

JK: "Every year the day that football is over I go straight into basketball. I do that up until March, and then after March we have our football off-season."

JH: Are you still averaging over 25 points per game in basketball?

JK: "Yeah, this year I am up to 27 points."

JH: What has coach Stoops told you about also playing basketball?

JK: "They are fine with it. Coach (Jeff) Capel has been recruiting me since he first got there. Coach (Kelvin) Sampson was also recruiting me pretty hard for basketball when he was coaching at OU. They say I can play both sports."

JH: Do you really want to play both sports?

JK: "Yes sir."

JH: What kind of year did you have statistically in football?

JK: "I had 54 catches for a little bit over 900 yards. I also had over 500 rushing yards and 16 total TDs. On defense, I had 49 tackles and four picks."

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