Huskies high on Dos Palos Tailback

The big stud in the Dos Palos High School backfield tearing up the competition is <b>Kenny James</b>. James stands 5-11, weighs 207 pounds and has posted some incredible numbers through his first six games.

"So far our team is doing excellent. We are 5-1 and won our first league game last weekend," James told

"I'm doing well. I have 20 touchdowns and 1300 yards as of right now."

Last weekend James had a phenomenal TD, following some great blocking and breaking a long run. "I was on one side of the field, broke it back to the other and broke a bunch of tackles to get into the end zone. It was a great score."

James reminds some of Marshall Faulk. "I have the ability to make people miss but I can run them over, too. I think if I were compare myself to any backs in the NFL it would be either Terrell Davis or Faulk," said James.

He also enjoys playing cornerback on defense. "I just enjoy stepping out onto the field and playing, really. I enjoy defense, too."

James is being recruited strictly as a running back so far. "The coaches like my size and my explosiveness. They like my vision. If I see a hole up field I can hit it. They basically like the way I run, whether it be running over them or around them," said James.

Football is a special experience for James. "I enjoy it a lot, I've been playing since the fourth grade. It's a contact sport and I like that. There is no other sport like it. I just love the game."

James' father played in the 1970s and had a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs after playing his college balls at Sacramento State. "I hope I have the opportunity to try the NFL as well," said Kenny.

As far as recruiting goes, the Pac-10 is taking notice. "Washington is showing me some attention. I'll visit up there on December 14th. Arizona is also paying close attention. Outside the Pac-10, Tennessee and Nebraska and LSU are looking at me."

The Washington visit is the only one that he's set a date for. "I've talked to the coach from Arizona but they haven't set up a visit yet," said James. "I do have a scholarship offer from them though."

Other scholarship offers have come from WSU and Fresno State.

Washington reportedly likes his size. "Their coaches tell me that they like my style of running and my size. I'm only going to get bigger and faster in college and they think I can be an asset to their offense," said James.

When asked if he has any favorites, James won't tip his hand if he has one. "I'm not too sure about that yet but as of right now I know I want to take my five visits. I'm going to pick the best school for me both academically and athletically."

James has one interesting connection to the Seattle area, former Mariner centerfielder Dave Henderson. "Dave is from Dos Palos. He used to come over to my grandmother's house all the time and went to our high school. He moved to Seattle right after he finished playing with the Oakland A's. He was a great running back at our high school," said James. Top Stories