Recruiting Runs Second to Track

Track has become the primary focus of the Compton (Calif.) running back James McConico, who's qualified for the Masters. He tells us when he figures to focus on his recruitment...

Compton (Calif.) running back James McConico (6-1, 195, 4.4), one of the elite running backs nationally, is up to nine offers, and by the time he focuses on football, which is on hold because of track season, that number could increase.

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

"I'm hearing from a lot of schools, but my focus has been on track, so I've kind of put recruiting on hold," said McConico. "We've had a lot of schools come by though. When I'm done with track, I'll start focusing more on recruiting."

Numerous schools have already been by the Compton campus, and more will be coming in the weeks ahead.

"My coach has said a lot of other schools will be coming to see us, we've got a lot of talent around here," said McConico. "USC, UCLA, Nebraska, Oregon, Arizona State, Colorado, Washington, Washington State have all been by."

McConico said at this point in his recruitment, he didn't have a favorite, but he was anxious to see what would happen when track was done.

"I'm not getting too worried about recruiting, I'm letting my coach take care of that," said McConico. "My focus is on track. But I'm looking forward to learning more about these schools when track is done."

USC is one school McConico is hopeful to hear more from, as well as Notre Dame and UCLA.

"I went up to USC's Junior Day and I had a wonderful experience there," said McConico. "They have not offered me as of yet, but I would love an offer from them. Notre Dame is supposed to be coming to the school too and we'll see what happens with them. And UCLA, my good friend Datone Jones is up there and he talks with me about the Bruins."

Regardless of who's offered, or who hasn't, McConico is still taking time with the process, not rushing into any kind of decision.

"I will not be making a decision until my senior year," said McConico. "I would like to take some visits and see some of the schools. When I can start focusing on my recruitment, I will."

McConico also runs track for the Tarbabes and he's qualified for the CIF Masters Meet this weekend in the 200m.

Should he not qualify for the state meet, he'll be at the Combine in Los Angeles, but if he does qualify, he'll be in Cerritos repping for Compton.

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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