Kanipes Makes Plays

If you name it, Myles Kanipes can do it on the football field. Last year, Kanipes was the leading tackler and also the leading receiver for the Pearland Oilers. Not surprisingly, Kanipes turned heads with his efforts at SMU football camp. Read further to learn more about this versatile player.

Looking for a football player that can multi-task on the gridiron? Then consider Pearland's Myles Kanipes. What Kanipes (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) may lack in size, he makes up in terms of production.

In 2009, Kanipes was the leading receiver for the 8-3 Oilers, catching 31 passes for 434 yards (14 yards per catch) with seven touchdowns. He was also third on the team in rushing, accumulating 143 yards on 29 carries (almost five yards per carry). But that's not all.

Kanipes was also the leading tackler for Pearland, recording 64 total tackles (23 solo). He forced one fumble and recovered another, returning it 17 yards for a TD. And that's still not all.

Back on offense, Kanipes was the second-leading passer for Pearland, completing 11-of-20 for 140 yards. Finally, he returned two kickoffs for a total of 55 yards and returned one punt for 35 yards.

The jack-of-all-trades attended two recent SMU camps and he was pleased with his performance.

"I went to the SMU camp at Pasadena Memorial stadium," Kanipes said, "but it was cut short due to rain. Coach Reinebold told me that he wanted me to come to Dallas and workout there, so I did that.

"I did much better than I thought. I ran a 4.42 instead of a 4.50, which is more in the range of what I was expecting to run. I was excited about that. Coach Reinebold kept me in his office after the camp in Dallas and told me that he can win with me. He said that he told Coach June Jones that he wants me on the team at SMU. They wanted me to send a 12-to-15 play highlight tape and for me to call on Wednesday (of this week)."

Kanipes said that he's being recruited by SMU, TCU, Houston, Syracuse, Arizona State, Iowa State, Stephen F. Austin, and Sam Houston.

"SMU, TCU, and Houston are the schools showing the most interest," he said. "I went to TCU's camp and their wide receivers coach told me that they look for 6-foot-4 receivers, but that they'd make an exception for me. The Houston coaches said that I play much bigger than I actually am and that they'd be watching me during the upcoming season."

Kanipes said that the forecast looks good for Pearland this fall.

"Offensively, we have everybody coming back. We have a stud quarterback, Trey Anderson, who I'm sure everyone has heard about. We also have a defensive end, Samuel Ukwuachu, who just committed to Boise State. The only place we're lacking on defense is at corner."

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