June 14, 2010

Myles Narrows it to two

To say that James Myles has been under recruited to this point isn't just an understatement, it's a testament to the strength of the 2011 stable of running backs set to blow up the world of college football next fall.

As a junior, the 6-foot, 235-pound power back racked up a hard fought 1,856 yards and 28 touchdowns on his way to leading Stephenville to a 9-3 record and earning District 8-4A MVP honors in the process.

Even if he had not been under recruited to this point, though, it wouldn't matter. For Myles, there are only two schools left on his list according to him.

"My mindset is already between Baylor and TCU and no one else," Myles said. "It's really just between those two schools for me."

Myles has been verbally offered by the Horned Frogs and was assured of a formal offer by the Bears last week at a camp in Waco where Myles was given the chance to show his footwork and speed rather than just his power.

"It feels great to be here, it really does," Myles said of his camp experience. "Baylor gave me my offer a week ago and Coach Montgomery talked to me about it again today."

Myles expressed concern at the camp about the Big 12 possibly splitting up and Baylor being left behind. With the preliminary reports coming out of Orangebloods.com today that the Big 12 is in fact staying together, one of the major roadblocks standing between Myles and Baylor has been removed. According to him, now it's up to Baylor establishing a winning tradition.

"With TCU, they already have an established program going strong. Baylor has been 'iffy' for a while," Myles said. "I'm not the kind of guy who wants to come in and go through the process of helping to build a program up, I'm more of the kind of guy who wants to just step in and get to work."

As a Stephenville Yellow Jacket, though, the lure remains of playing for the man that he knows put Stephenville football on the map.

"He's talked about like a legend here. He left all of that here and everything I've done here at Stephenville I owe to him. I probably wouldn't be the person I was today if it wasn't for him, and I know that," Myles said. "He's a man who is going to make it happen wherever he goes. He's the reason that I sit back and think, 'Maybe I could go to Baylor. Maybe by the time I get out, he will already have it off and running."

At last Thursday's camp, Myles showed a second gear that many thought might not be there when looking at his film. Even still, Myles knows and relishes the fact that his game hinges on physicality.

"I've worked on my footwork and everything, I truly have," Myles said. "I know when it comes down to it, though, I'm the kind of person who naturally wants to drop their shoulder and run over whoever is in front of me."

"Baylor has even talked to me about playing linebacker and I kind of like that idea," Myles added. "I'm a person with attitude. If you put me on defense, you better believe I'm going to slap some people around. I don't have a problem with it all."

Myles has two more stops on his list of camps this summer - Texas A&M during their 7-on-7 tournament and at Oklahoma State, and doesn't plan on making his decision until after his senior season.

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