Will Mike Leach Be Sending Out Another Offer?

Head coach Mike Leach has begun to fall in love with bigger receivers the past few years and there are quite a few available in the state of Texas this year. With the loss of Bristol Olomua after this year, the Red Raiders may have found a good replacement.

Adam James is a member of the West squad for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on January 7th. The senior for Celina (Texas) is a tight end flying under the radar screen from the Lone Star State. Celina High School in undefeated and plays for the state championship next weekend. On the season he has 23 receptions for almost 400 yards and five touchdowns. And he plays on a team that doesn't throw the ball a lot and they tend to blow out the opposition.

"We have had a pretty dominating year," said James. "We may have thrown the ball 25-26 times over the last four playoff games."

James, 6-2 and 235 pounds, plays tight end and is mainly a blocker and a good one at that.

"My blocking has improved tremendously. I use my hands well and keep my feet wide and drive. I am not the biggest tight end in the world but I have good feet, run good routes and I think I have gotten better and improved each week."

James currently doesn't have any scholarship offers but two teams could be close – Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. "Everyone I talk to who has been to Tech loves it there. That is a team that loves to throw the football and they throw more in one game than we do all year. They would like to have bigger tight ends but they have guys more my size, smaller ones that can do something with it after the catch.

"I went to Oklahoma State for a game this season with three of my buddies. It kind of reminds me of Celina. It's not a big campus. I think I fit well there too and they where orange like we (Celina's colors) do."

Folks that see James play say they remind him of another tight end that plays in the Lone Star State.

"I think my game is a lot like David Thomas at Texas and Texas is a school that I would love to play at. He is my height and a little heavier but that is who I would compare my game too."

James is the son of former SMU great Craig James, a member of the famed "Pony Express" with running back mate Eric Dickerson. James is also a very good baseball player. Last season he played catcher and third base and hit .421.


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