The distance between Topeka, Kansas and Laramie, Wyoming is fast becoming a double-edged sword for James Caraway.
On the one hand, the Highland Park High School (Kansas) senior would like to get out of state to play football in college.
"A lot of athletes from my school, they stay around and they don't end up doing anything," he said last month, "so I was thinking maybe I need to get away and do something positive and play football at the same time."
But moving to Laramie would also make it tough for Caraway's family to see him play.
"The only thing is the fact of how far away it is," he said after returning from an official visit to Wyoming this weekend. "Everything else I can deal with.
"We have just been discussing it and talking about if I want to commit, and when I am going to commit."
The Cowboys offered Caraway a scholarship in mid December after seeing film of the speedy prospect's senior season, but running backs coach Bryan Applewhite advised him not to make a decision until he'd seen the campus.
"It went pretty good," Caraway said of his visit. "Most of the students were just getting back, so I didn't get to see much. But what I saw was nice.
"I'm going to talk to (head) Coach (Joe) Glenn this week, and then I should have a decision by the end of this week."
Caraway, who has sub-4.4 speed, said the only other school he's still considering is Kansas University, but the Jayhawks have yet to offer a scholarship.
"There's other schools that want to talk to me," he said, "but I'm not really wanting to do it all over again."
Wyoming coaches originally recruited the 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect as a wide receiver, although Caraway played running back in high school, where he racked up more than 1,000 yards of total offense this season. In late December coaches changed their minds and began talking about using him as a cornerback and kickoff returner. They have flip-flopped again, however, now saying for the second time that Caraway will play wide receiver if he commits.
"I saw a tape of some of the stuff they run with their wide receivers," he said. "It's pretty nice the way they run things and what they say they could do with me. I mean, I like having the ball in my hands."
Along with clocking in at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Caraway posted a vertical leap of 38'8 this summer--feats that helped earn him MVP honors at the Kansas City Scout.com Combine in May and manifestations of the kind of athletic ability that could earn him early playing time with the Pokes.
"They say that if I was one of the top (receivers), like I don't know, it was either the top four or top eight, then I would not redshirt and I would be traveling," he said.
To view Caraway's player page and see highlights of his senior season, click here.
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