It's Heating up for Compton Tailback

The 5-10, 190-pound running back prospect from Compton High, James McConico, is already one of the most recruited at his position in the west. He talked about his multiple scholarship offers, the local schools, and more...

Compton (Calif.) running back James McConico (5-10, 190, 4.4) is quickly becoming one of the most heavily recruited running backs in the West, with already a half-dozen offers to his credit.

Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, San Jose State and Washington have all offered McConico and more schools are showing high interest in him.

Last weekend, McConico took in USC's Junior Day.

"It was a pleasurable and memorable experience and it was good all around," said McConico. "As a kid, I've been going to SC to play basketball so I've been up there a few times. But that was my first time as an official recruit. I didn't get an offer from them, but I would love to get an offer from SC. Who wouldn't want one from them?"

And across town, UCLA is beginning to show a good deal of interest in him.

"I'm hearing a lot from UCLA and it was nice to start talking with them," said McConico. "I used to go up to UCLA back with friends to play some basketball tournaments too. It's a great campus and my good friend Datone (Jones), is up there. It would be nice to play with him again."

But even with the heavy interest coming from the two Los Angeles schools, and the offers to his credit, McConico has seen many of his teammates make early decisions in their recruitments and decided that there will be no haste to his own process.

"I'm taking every school into consideration, because as of right now, I'm not really looking to make a decision on college until I'm an actual senior," said McConico. "I'm really not looking forward to making an early choice. I'll take each offer and consider it. I'm going to take my time. I might not go to any of the schools who've offered me right now, so why decide early? I'm not like the rest of the guys who committed early. I don't want to mess up any other scholarship opportunities from any other schools that might offer me. So I'm in no rush."

McConico said his family would ideally like him to be close to home, but he's got extended family around the country who've each said they'd look out for him if he left the friendly confines of Southern California.

"Right now, I'm really not sure where I want to go, if I want to go out of state or if I want to stay close to home," said McConico. "I'm really close to my family here but there are other universities in the states where I have family too that I know I could go to."

McConico may be the most heavily recruited player to come from Compton in the last few years, a list that includes Datone Jones, Chris Metcalf, Anthony Wright and Justin Brown from the past few seasons. While people are saying that may be the case, McConico isn't dwelling on it.

"I'm hearing that from everyone," said McConico. "I hear it from players, coaches, staff ,and I guess it's just a wonderful thing. But I don't know yet, I'm not there yet as a player. So I will just continue to take the compliments and everything else and continue to move forward as a player. I want to see how I've been playing more to see where I'm at. Everyone tells me I have great extended breakaway speed but I know there is a lot to my game I can improve."

McConico also runs track for Compton and said he'd like to do that in college.

This spring, he figures to busy with camps and combines. "Any camp or combine I can go to, I will go to because I just want to make myself a better player," said McConico.

Academically, McConico said he's in good shape and he'll be taking the SAT in March.

As a 2008 junior, McConico ran for 1,234 yards on only 62 carries (19.9 ypc) and scored 14 touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 115 yards (57.5 ypc) and scored on both of them.

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